Aaron Burr

February 6, 1756
September 14, 1836
Home Town:
Newark, NJ
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Theodosia Prevost Burr (1782)
Eliza Jumel Burr (1833)
Biographical Notes:
Aaron Burr, one of the most famous students of Judge Tapping Reeve, was born in Newark, New Jersey, on February 6, 1756. Reeve married Aaron's sister, Sally Burr. After graduation, Burr traveled to Bethlehem, CT, and studied theology with Joseph Bellamy. After concluding he was not suited for a career in religion, he came to Litchfield as Reeve's pupil and his first law student. In 1775, Burr left his law studies in Litchfield and joined the Continental Army, and served until 1779 during the Revolutionary War.

After the close of the war, Burr returned to his legal aspirations, passing the New York Bar in 1782. He quickly became a leading political figure in New York, serving a year in the State Assembly from 1784 to 1785. Rising fast, he became the Attorney General of New York from ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1772.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Albany, NY in 1782
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Senator (NY) 1791-1797
Vice-President 1801-1805
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1784-1785
Attorney General (NY) 1789
Commissioner of Revolutionary War Claims 1791
State Representative (NY) 1798-1801

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Wynkoop Family Holdings, Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston, NY.

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