Tie Breaker by Steve Payne
says: what if the Colonel himself was the innocent victim of an
anti-Aaron Burr conspiracy? Please note that the opinions expressed in this
post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
On February 17th 1801,
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on this day in the House of
Representatives, Thomas Jefferson's bid for the Presidency ended in
disgrace with the shocking revelation that he had bargained with the
opposition Federalist party for electoral votes; instead, his rival in the
Democratic-Republican Party Aaron Burr was elected on the thirty-sixth
Members of the Electoral College could only vote for President; each
elector could vote for two candidates, and the Vice President was the
person who received the second largest number of votes during the
The Republicans had planned for one of the electors to abstain from
casting his second vote for Aaron Burr, which would have led to Jefferson
receiving one electoral vote more than Burr. The plan, however, was
bungled, resulting in a tied electoral vote between Jefferson and Burr.
Ed. & Eric LippsThis problem with the new union's electoral system forced
the issue into the House of Representatives where the Federalists still
had some power to decide the election.
A length debate ensued in which Alexander Hamilton sought to convince his
party that Jefferson would be a lesser political evil than Burr and that
such scandal within the electoral process would undermine the still-young
regime. At first, Burr's refusal to remove himself from consideration was
criticised as ungentlemanly. At least until Jefferson's own shameful
behaviour came to light.
says in reality the scandal emerged long after the election had been
settled. Burr's refusal to remove himself from consideration created ill
will with Jefferson, who dropped Burr from the ticket in 1804 after Burr
killed Hamilton in a duel. To view guest historian's comments on this post
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