July 11 - 1804 - The Burr-Hamilton Duel

By 1804, deulling had begun to fall out of favor for much of Americans, so it was fairly odd that the sitting Vice President killed a former Secretary of the Treasury in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. The duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton should probably never have taken place. Their conflict began as a simple political conflict, when Hamilton was the chief person to stop Aaron Burr from becoming President in the complicated, highly contentious 1800 Presidential Election. Hamilton said Jefferson had his support, because while he disagreed with Jefferson's policies, he was certain Jefferson had actual policies and Burr was simply power hungry. After Burr proved to be a loathed Vice President, he tried to extend his political career by becoming New York's Governor. Hamilton sunk that, too, by criticizing Burr. So Burr demanded an apology. Hamilton refused. Burr then challenged Hamilton to a duel. Somehow, it happened. Hamilton supposedly "threw away his shot" at the start of the duel. Burr fired a deadly shot at Hamilton, which would kill him a day later. It ended Hamilton's life and Burr's political career.

William Floyd