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VICE PRESIDENT AARON BURR - CHECK SIGNED 07/15/1800 - HFSID 2113

 

AARON BURR
The politician, businessman, and lawyer signed this check made out to the Manhattan Bank, which he chartered in 1799
Partly Printed Check signed: "A. Burr", 7x3. New-York, July 1, 1800. Imprinted "Cashier of the Manhattan Company", filled out to "M.B." for "Fifty Dollars". In 1784, Alexander Hamilton had founded the Bank of New-York. Aaron Burr also wanted to establish a bank but could not get a charter. In 1799, with Hamilton's help, Burr founded The Manhattan Company to supply fresh water to the residents of lower Manhattan. Hamilton opposed Burr's maneuvering of a provision within the charter that enabled the company to establish The Bank of The Manhattan Company on September 1, 1799, breaking Hamilton's monopoly over banking in the city. Burr's bank eventually became Chase Manhattan, now J.P. Morgan Chase. Aaron Burr (1756-1836, born in Newark, New Jersey), who had been admitted to the bar in 1782 following service in the American Revolution, moved to New York City in 1783. He served in the New York State Assembly from 1784-1785 (again from 1798-1799) and as New York Attorney General (1789-1790). In 1790, Burr was elected U.S. Senator from New York, defeating incumbent Senator Philip Schuyler, the father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton. This resulted in the beginning of a feud between the two American leaders that persisted for many years. In 1799, he chartered the Manhattan Company, which formed to bring water into the city. Its charter was broad enough to permit excess funds to be invested in banking. In the November 4, 1800 presidential election, Burr and Thomas Jefferson each had 73 electoral votes. On the 36th ballot, the House of Representatives elected Jefferson President and Burr Vice President. On July 11, 1804, Burr challenged and mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel fought at Weehawken, N.J. Indicted for murder in New York and New Jersey, Burr was never tried in either state and completed his term as Jefferson's Vice President (1801-1805). While his political career in the new nation's capital ended with this taboo practice, he engaged in a planned exploration, the motivations of which may never be truly known. Accused of attempting to instigate a war between Spain and Mexico, Burr was tried for treason by the Supreme Court and found innocent, with no evidence to directly implicate him. This trial is one of the earliest and best known examples of the separation of powers due to then-President Thomas Jefferson's strong opinion that Burr was guilty and his subsequent pressuring of the Supreme Court to find Burr guilty. "X" cut bank cancellation touches signature (all intact). Light folds. Ink cancellation touches 1 word of written text. Nailhead-size hole near but not touching writing. Lightly soiled, stray ink marks at upper right blank corner. Irregular upper edge. Lower left corner nicked. Otherwise, fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 25¾x23.       


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VICE PRESIDENT AARON BURR
Born: February 6, 1756 in Newark, Province of New Jersey (now New Jersey)
Died: September 14, 1836 in Staten Island, New York



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