Lead: Few early American figures have been the subject of more curiousity than Aaron Burr.

Content: Burr was the son and name-sake of the President of Princeton and grandson of Jonathan Edwards, the great Puritan preacher.

Rejecting life as a Presbyterian pastor, he early set his sights on a legal career but the Revolution interrupted his plans. In the Army, he rose quickly in the ranks and distinquished himself particularly in the otherwise indecisive Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey in the summer of 1778. After the war wound down he moved to New York, took up Law and entered politics. He was ambitious, brilliant, had an engaging personality but swiftly gained the reputation for political ruthlessness. This drive would carry him to the threshold of power but secured for him the enemies who would deny him the goal for which he longed more than any, to be President of the United States.

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