Weehawken in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Hamilton-Burr Duel
July 11, 1804
Tragically, Hamilton’s son Philip had also met his death here in a duel in 1801.
Dedicated on July 11, 2004, the 200th Anniversary of the Duel.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Patriots & Patriotism. A significant historical date for this entry is July 11, 2004.
Location. 40° 46.199′ N, 74° 1.032′ W. Marker is in Weehawken, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Marker is on Hamilton Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weehawken NJ 07086, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Death Rock of Alexander Hamilton (here, next to this marker); Weehawken Dueling Grounds Highwood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Weehawken Korea and Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eldorado Amusement Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Weehawken: Gateway to New York (approx. half a mile away); Pietro di Donato (approx. 0.7 miles away); North Bergen World War I Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weehawken.
More about this marker. The text is flanked by portraits of Hamilton and Burr.
Also see . . .
1. Duel At Dawn, 1804. “The relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr was charged with political rivalry and personal animosity. Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury, was the chief author of The Federalist papers advocating a strong central government. Burr represented the old Republican Party. His greatest accomplishment was achieved in 1800 when he was elected Vice President to Thomas Jefferson. Hamilton considered Burr an unprincipled (Submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's Duel. “Hoping that a victory on the dueling ground could revive his flagging political career, Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel. Hamilton wanted to avoid the duel, but politics left him no choice. If he admitted to Burr's charge, which was substantially true, he would lose his honor. If he refused to duel, the result would be the same. Either way, his political career would be over.” (Submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
3. The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. (Submitted on July 11, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 5,168 times since then and 145 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week July 10, 2011. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4. submitted on July 11, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 9, 2011. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.