Aaron Burr at Blennerhassett Island print   Save
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Description: Print illustrating Aaron Burr at Blennerhassett Island from "The Story of Ohio" by Alexander Black. Burr was a veteran of the Continental Army and a prominent politician in New York. He was the third Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson from 1801 to 1805. In 1805 Burr and Ohioan Harmon Blennerhassett began to plot a rebellion against the United States. Using Blennerhassett's home on an island in the Ohio River as a staging ground, they plotted to form a new country with the western United States. When the government learned of this plan, Ohio and Virginia militias were sent to stop boat traffic on the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers and seize the Blennerhassett home. Burr was arrested and tried for treason, but not convicted. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL03938
Subjects: Marietta (Ohio); Blennerhassett Island (W. Va.); Ohio History--Settlement and Early Statehood
Places: Marietta (Ohio); Washington County (Ohio)