Chapter 20

Roger G. Kennedy

in Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195140552
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848775 | DOI:
Chapter 20

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There was another judge to sit beside Peter Bruin at any trial of Aaron Burr: Thomas Rodney. Rodney had become peculiarly desirous of avoiding offense to Thomas Jefferson. Rodney was aware that Wilkinson had turned upon Burr and, having served with James Wilkinson during the Revolution, knew he was not to be trusted. In a small brick building on the campus of Jefferson College, east of Natchez, during the first week of February 1807, Judges Bruin and Rodney assembled a grand jury of the Territory of Mississippi to hear Jefferson's charges and his evidence against Burr. As these events were transpiring, Senator William Plumer of New Hampshire was keeping a diary in the District of Columbia. The Mississippi grand jury eventually acquitted Burr. This chapter looks at other personalities involved in the trial of Burr, including Silas Dinsmoor, Major Robert Ashley, and Colonel John McKee.

Keywords: Aaron Burr; grand jury; Mississippi; Thomas Jefferson; trial; Thomas Rodney; James Wilkinson; Jefferson College; William Plumer; Silas Dinsmoor

Chapter.  10408 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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