It’s July 1804, and Aaron Burr loads his pistol for an illegal duel. As the vice president of the United States, he’s seen his share of political competition – and now he aims his weapon at his greatest rival. By the next day, one of America’s Founding Fathers lies dead, and Burr’s career begins spiraling out of control.

Born on February 6, 1756, in Newark, New Jersey, Burr was part of a relatively affluent family. The young Burr experienced tragedy very early on in life, though. You see, his father, Aaron Sr. – once the president of what would later become Princeton University – died the year after his only son, Aaron Jr., was born.

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