July 11, 1804: Aaron Burr kills Alexander Hamilton
On this day in 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr killed long-time political rival and former Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton in a duel. After years of quarreling, the men met on dueling grounds in Weehawken, New Jersey. Both men fired one shot from a .56 caliber pistol. After the shot, Burr was unharmed while Alexander Hamilton was mortally wounded, a died a day later. Aaron Burr would be charged with murder in both New York and New Jersey.
Visit American Experience’s timeline of the events leading to the duel.
Image: Photographic reproduction of painting by J. Mund of the Hamilton-Burr duel (Wikimedia Commons).