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Aaron Burr was born in Newark New Jersey on Feb 6 1756 Of distinguished ancestry he was the son of the Reverend Aaron Burr the cofounder and second president of the College of New Jersey which is now Princeton University and Esther Edwards Burr the daughter of the New England theologian Jonathan Edwards Both parents died before he was three years old and his early training was assumed by an uncle the Reverend Timothy Edwards A precocious youth who would rebel against authority throughout his life Aaron was a sickly baby Twice before he was two years old he narrowly escaped death A fever seized him and his mother thought of him as one given to me from the dead On account of this miraculous recovery she felt that the child should be brought up in a peculiar manner for God Aaron Burr Sr taught mathematics ancient languages and busied himself with raising funds for the college which was shortly to be moved to Princeton and the Burr family went too Aaron Burr pere was unusually successful in all his activities He even raised money in Scotland for his college But his career through his extraordinary exertions was soon to end He was seized with a fever and passed away September 24 1757 Burr escaped the strict discipline of his uncles home to enter Princeton as a sophomore in 1769 at the age of 13 Graduating with honors in 1772 a year after James Madison and Philip Freneau but he had not progressed far when the Revolutionary War changed his plans Burr studied theology for a while and then law After the Revolutionary War in which he served with distinction as a field officer he took up the practice of law in New York City and entered politics serving as a member of the New York state assembly attorney general of New York and United States senator In the presidential election
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