Aaron Burr

Vice President Aaron Burr
Birth Name:
Aaron Burr Jr.
Birth Date:
February 6, 1756
Birth Place:
Newark, New Jersey
Death Date:
September 14, 1836
Place of Death:
St. James Hotel, Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York
Cause of Death:
Long-term effects of a debilitating stoke
Cemetery Name:
Princeton Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Historical Figure
Aaron Burr, Jr. was an important political figure in the early history of the United States of America. After serving as a Continental Army officer in the Revolutionary War, Burr became a successful lawyer and politician. He was elected twice to the New York State Assembly (1784–1785, 1798–1799), was appointed New York State Attorney General (1789–1791), was chosen as a United States Senator (1791–1797) from the state of New York, and reached the apex of his career as third Vice President of the United States (1801–1805), under President Thomas Jefferson. Despite these accomplishments, Burr is chiefly remembered as the man who killed his rival Alexander Hamilton in the famous 1804 duel. Controversy dogged Burr throughout his lifetime, and his reputation among historians remains contested. Burr died in financial ruin in a boarding house in Staten Island, New York at the age of 80.

Fun Fact

At his funeral in Princeton, New Jersey Princeton University President Carnahan preached the funeral sermon in Nassau Hall (in which he decried the evils of dueling). Escorted to the Princeton Cemetery by members of the faculty, students, alumni, a military band, and the Mercer Guards, Burr was buried with full military honors at the foot of his father’s and grandfather’s graves in the President’s Lot.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Princeton Cemetery

29 Greenview Avenue

Princeton, New Jersey, 08542


North America


Map of Princeton Cemetery in Princeton New Jersey
Map of Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, New Jersey

Grave Location:

President's Circle, Section 1, Block W, Lot 233, Grave X15

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery drive past the office on your right make the first turn to the left. Follow this road around and through the cemetery until you turn a corner and see the locked gates exiting onto Witherspoon Street (approximately 200 feet from the gates). Park and walk to the left approximately 200 feet towards the President’s Circle with the low “fence” made of stone and iron pipe surrounding the graves of the former President’s of Princeton University. Aaron Burr Jr., his father and grandfather are roughly in the middle of the area.

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40.35247344260397, -74.66016915990764

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