Aaron Burr, Sr.

Aaron Burr, Sr.

The Reverend Aaron Burr (January 4 1715 – September 24 1757) was a notable divine and educator in colonial America. He was a founder of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and the father of the third United States Vice President Aaron Burr (1756–1836).

A native of Connecticut, Burr was born in present day Fairfield to Daniel Burr, a wealthy landowner in 1715. He was of English ancestry. [ [http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=:792533&id=I83444974 RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: RJHARMOR ] ] He attended Yale College (now Yale University), where he obtained a B.A. in 1735. After graduation, he became a Presbyterian minister in Newark, New Jersey, also conducting a school in classical studies there. In 1752, he married Esther Edwards, daughter of the New England divine, Jonathan Edwards, and his wife Sarah, daughter of the Rev. James Pierpont. Jonathan Edwards was a leader of the First Great Awakening, a significant religious movement of the 1730s and 1740s.

In the 1740s, a controversy over religious doctrines led to a split in the faculty and student body at Yale. In opposition to Yale's first president, the Rev. Thomas Clap, Jonathan Edwards, Burr, and Jonathan Dickinson founded the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) at Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1746. Dickinson was elected first president of the College, but died soon after in 1747. Burr then became the second president. During his tenure (1748–1757), the curriculum was settled, the student body increased significantly, and the College moved to its permanent home at Princeton, New Jersey. He supervised the construction of Nassau Hall, Princeton's best-known structure, completed in 1756. Burr, elected at age 32, was also the youngest person ever to serve as president of Princeton.

In 1755, Burr was relieved of his pastoral duties in order to concentrate full-time on his work at Princeton. In the fall of 1757, Burr died in Princeton of fever, believed to have been brought on or aggravated by overwork. His remains were interred in the President's Lot at Princeton Cemetery.

External links

* [http://www.richardsibbes.com/Princeton.Cemetery.Presidents.htm Photographic tour of Aaron Burr's grave at Princeton Cemetery.]


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