Princeton WannaBe Blog
I'm not a real historian. I didn't grow up in Princeton. I don't have an Ivy League education.
I'm a total Princeton WannaBe.
Still, I gush about loving the heart of Princeton as much as I can!
So today, in 1807, President Thomas Jefferson received a subpoena to testify in the treason trial of his former VP, Aaron Burr Jr.
Keep in mind, Burr had already gunned down Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. He was Vice President when the duel went down so he went into hiding to avoid prosecution for murder. The charges were later dropped but I have to think Jefferson was still worried about vouching for the guy.
Anyhoo, after the duel Burr lost his mind (just a teeny bit) and decided if he got the help of Britain and Spain he could create a separate nation in the southwest American continent and Burr would be a ruler! TRUE!
ALL of you know, I am a FAN of world domination but even I'm not THAT nuts!
General James Wilkinson was in on the plan but ended up telling Jefferson all about it so Burr was hunted down and that's how he got charged with treason! I KNOW! Jefferson refused to appear at the trial and released only a few requested documents by Burr. Per usual, it worked out for Aaron because the Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall found Burr not guilty. SO FUN!
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