Chapter 17

Roger G. Kennedy

in Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195140552
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848775 | DOI:
Chapter 17

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John Adams was not an unpopular president. He probably received more popular votes for reelection in 1800 than did his challenger, Thomas Jefferson, whom he had defeated for the office four years earlier. The nomination of Aaron Burr to be Jefferson's companion on the ticket proceeded from a calculation that without him the party could not gain New York and that without that state the Republicans would lose. By 1802, however, Jefferson rid himself of Burr and chose George Clinton as his new vice president. Clinton went on to beat Burr in the 1805 election. This chapter also discusses the trial of John Smith, who was brought before the Senate on charges of conspiring with Burr, but was acquitted in a proceeding managed by John Quincy Adams and Jesse Franklin; Burr's decision to leave Kentucky and moved to Louisiana and Texas; his stop in New Orleans, where the clergy mattered; his meeting with the marquis de Casa Calvo, Carlos de Grand Pré, and Juan Ventura Morales; and his rustication at La Chaumiere du Prairie.

Keywords: Aaron Burr; John Adams; election; Thomas Jefferson; George Clinton; John Smith; New Orleans; clergy; Juan Ventura Morales; La Chaumiere du Prairie

Chapter.  10377 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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