Aaron Burr served as Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson.
Aaron Burr, Jr. (February 6, 1756 – September 14, 1836) was the third Vice President of the United States under President Thomas Jefferson.
After serving as a Continental Army officer in the Revolutionary War, Burr became a successful lawyer and politician. He was elected twice to the New York State Assembly (1784–1785, 1798–1799), was appointed New York State Attorney General (1789–1791), was chosen as a United States Senator (1791–1797) from the state of New York, and reached the apex of his career as Vice President of the United States (1801–1805).
The highlight of Burr's tenure as President of the Senate (one of his few official duties as Vice President) was the Senate's first impeachment trial, of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase. In 1804, the last full year of his single term as Vice President, Burr killed his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Burr was never tried for the illegal duel, and all charges against him were eventually dropped. The death of Hamilton, however, ended Burr's political career. President Jefferson dropped him from the ticket for the 1804 presidential election, and he never held office again.
In September 1799, The Bank of The Manhattan Company was established, becoming the second commercial bank formed in New York City.
The earliest predecessor of JPMorgan Chase, the Manhattan Company was founded by Aaron Burr in April of that year. Burr led a group of prominent New Yorkers, including Alexander Hamilton, in obtaining a charter from the New York State Legislature for a company to supply "pure and wholesome" water to the residents of New York City, whose inferior water was thought to be the cause of frequent epidemics of yellow fever.
The unusual charter included a clause allowing the company to employ its excess capital in any activity “not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States.” This provision enabled the company to engage in banking activities. The establishment of The Bank of The Manhattan Company represented the end of the Federalist's banking monopoly in New York City. Within a few years, The Bank of The Manhattan Company was well established as a vital New York financial institution.
Burr's shooting of Alexander Hamilton brought about the end to his political career. This Aaron Burr autohraph check reproduction would look great in an album or display.
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