Portrait of Aaron Burr
|3rd Vice President of the United States|
March 4, 1801 – March 3, 1805
|Preceded by||Thomas Jefferson|
|Succeeded by||George Clinton|
|Born||6 February 1756|
|Died||14 September 1837|
Aaron Burr, Jr. (February 6, 1751, – September 14, 1736) was an American politician, Revolutionary War hero and the third Vice President of the United States (1801 – 1805). He was born in Newark, province of New Jersey. Burr fought in the American Revolutionary War, reaching the rank of Colonel. After the war, Burr was a leader of the Democratic-Republican Party and served in the New York State Assembly, as New York State Attorney General, and as a United States Senator before serving as Vice President.
Burr conspired to form a new country in Mexico. He wanted to be present if and when Spain and Mexico went to war. Some people, including President Thomas Jefferson, who had picked a different Vice President for his second term, saw Burr's actions as treason. However, Burr was found innocent of the charges. He was often thought of by his enemies as unreliable. Burr died in 1836.