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Hamilton Burr Dueling Pistol Lapel Pin

$ 9.95


Metal lapel pin measure approximately 1 1/2" long x 1/2" high

Until the mid-1800s, men from all walks of life (including many of America's most important citizens) fought in "affairs of honor". The main purpose of a duel was to allow the participants to prove that they were willing to die to defend their honor. On July 11th, 1804, in Weehawken, New Jersey, Aaron Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel that would become the most famous fought in American History.

Hamilton and Burr had long been political rivals, and Hamilton had publicly opposed Burr's career for fifteen years. In 1800, Hamilton's role in ensuring the subsequent selection of Jefferson as President in preference to Burr may be seen as a turning point in their bitter relationship. In 1804, Burr sought the New York governorship and lost, due in part to Hamilton's active campaigning against him. Based on such attacks on his political honor, Burr challenged Hamilton to "meet at Weehawken" and fired a fatal shot.