Hamilton-Burr Duel--Again

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Douglas Hamilton risked being shot in the line of duty, so to speak.

An IBM sales representative, Hamilton took part in a historical re-enactment of an event that took place 200 years ago in Weehawken, N.J. That event was none other than the infamous duel between Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and Aaron Burr, then vice president.

Douglas Hamilton is a fifth great-grandson of the former Founding Father, who co-authored the U.S. Constitution. He is also considered the founder of America's banking system and credited with shaping the nation's economic structure. The historic confrontation took place on July 11, 1804, when political rival Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel in order to resolve a longstanding feud between the two men.

Hamilton and Burr met in Weehawken, where they marched 10 yards, turned and fired their .56-caliber pistols. Hamilton missed, but was shot in the side; he died from his injury the next day. Meanwhile, Burr fled the scene, returned to Washington, D.C., and later finished his term.

A cousin of Aaron Burr played the former vice president and faced off against Hamilton. At press time, the duel had not gone down, but if history is any indication, Hamilton's chances aren't looking very good. Plus there's no word on whether Hamilton has hazard pay through IBM in case the re-enactment went a little too far.

To find out more about the historical re-enactment in Weehawken, go to www.weehawken-nj.us.

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