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  • Burr shoots Hamilton

    Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. Political rivals for some time, Hamilton helped Thomas Jefferson prevail over Burr during the 1800 presidential election and worked against Burr as he sought the New York governorship.

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  • John Q. Adams born

    Sixth President John Quincy Adams is born in Braintree, now Quincy, Massachusetts. His father, John Adams, successfully lobbied for the Declaration of Independence in the Continental Congress and served as President from 1797 to 1801. John Quincy Adams became one of America's greatest diplomats both as Secretary of State and as chief executive from 1825 to 1829.

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