Aaron Burr Sr.
January 4, 1716
Fairfield, Connecticut Colony
September 24, 1757
Place of Death:
Princeton, Province of New Jersey
Cause of Death:
Claim to Fame:
Aaron Burr Sr. was a notable Presbyterian minister and college educator in colonial America. He was a founder of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and the father of Aaron Burr (1756–1836), the third vice president of the United States. When Jonathan Dickinson, the first president of the College, died soon after his appointment in 1747, Burr (who taught at the College) then became the second president on November 9, 1748. During his tenure (1748–1757), the curriculum was settled, the student body increased from 8 in 1747 to 40–50 in 1751, and the first commencement was held. Among the first graduates was Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; five others became Presbyterian ministers. Burr moved the College to its permanent home at Princeton, New Jersey, where he supervised the construction of Nassau Hall, Princeton's best-known structure and the largest building in colonial New Jersey when it was completed in 1756. In 1755, Burr was relieved of his pastoral duties in order to concentrate full-time on his work at Princeton. At age 32, he became the youngest person ever to serve as president of Princeton.
Final Resting Place:
29 Greenview Avenue
Princeton, New Jersey, 08542
Grave Location:Princeton University Presidents Plot F-2
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery take the first very hard left turn at the flagpole and wind around the cemetery until you see the locked exit gate to Witherspoon Street. Park and walk to the left towards the fence boundary with Wiggins Street and look for the tall, usually decorated monument to Aaron Burr Jr. His father and former President of Princeton University is directly behind his son.
Grave Location GPS40.35246424439561, -74.66020134641678
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