Lead: Perhaps Alexander Hamilton was not such a hero after all.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Since being shot by Aaron Burr in a duel in 1804, Alexander Hamilton has enjoyed something akin to martyr status. At the crucial moment Hamilton fired over the head of his political and social rival, a man he despised.

Burr then coldly took aim and drilled Hamilton, the bullet finding his liver and causing the former Secretary of the Treasury's death two days later. This story confirmed Burr's well-established reputation for ruthlessness; he is considered a fascinating and enigmatic figure, but by many, more than a little cruel.

 

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