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Orphaned as an Infant

Aaron Burr was born in Newark, New Jersey, in February 1756, to a family with a rich background in religious and educational activity. His father, Aaron Burr Sr., became the second school president of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) after being pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Newark. His mother, Esther Edwards, was the daughter of prominent clergyman Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758). Burr's father died shortly after moving to Princeton in September 1757, less than two years after Aaron was born. The following year, his mother and both her parents died. His uncle, Timothy Edwards, became the guardian of Aaron and his sister, Sally. Future Connecticut Supreme Court justice Tapping Reeve (1744–1823) became young Burr's tutor and later married Sally.

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Burr grew up very bright but not well-behaved. He was strong-willed, independent, and adventurous. Burr was quite short...

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