Roger G. Kennedy

in Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson

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

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This extended postscript is added to bring together the two themes of Aaron Burr's private character as it fascinated Alexander Hamilton and his public character as it obsessed, for a time, Thomas Jefferson. The goal is to bring to bear upon these two studies the opinions of their contemporaries, especially their female contemporaries. The sustained power of the derogatory view of Burr expressed by Hamilton and Jefferson may well be due to the late adherence to the Hamilton-Jefferson position taken by two influential people of the next two generations, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Quincy Adams. James Parton took Burr seriously and sought out those who could tell him whether or not Burr's behavior squared better with his professions of belief than Jefferson's or Hamilton's. Burr, in old age, remained sly, charming, implying mischief, and even in his seventies it once again became conventional to call him a gallant, even a cold, Chesterfieldian, exploiter of women.

Keywords: Aaron Burr; Alexander Hamiton; Thomas Jefferson; women; John Quincy Adams; Harriet Beecher Stowe; James Parton; character

Chapter.  7441 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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