A politician, adventurer, and vice president of the United States, Burr presided over the impeachment trial of Justice Samuel Chase in the Supreme Court in 1805. Two years later, he was tried and acquitted of treason by Chief Justice John Marshall on circuit.
Burr was born into a distinguished family and studied theology and law at Princeton University, graduating with honors in 1772. Following the Revolutionary War, he was admitted to the New York bar in 1782.
The 1800 presidential electoral college deadlocked between Burr and Thomas Jefferson, and the election was thrown to the House of Representatives. On the thirty-sixth ballot, Jefferson was chosen president and Burr vice president.
In 1804 Vice President Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton
Burr returned to Washington to preside over the impeachment