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Documents Relating to the Presidential Election in the Year 1801 by Richard Bayard

Publication Date: 1831 First Edition. Jefferson had called Senator Bayard a bag-man for Aaron Burr's 1800 pursuit of the Presidency. Bayard's children set the record straight. No candidate having won a majority of electoral votes, the election was decided in the House of Representatives. Bayard's deposition, in a suit brought by Burr against the notorious pamphleteer Cheetham, is reproduced, and Bayard there says that, while the Federalists favored Burr over Jefferson, no underhanded efforts were made to deliver Burr the presidency. Information is provided about the complicated maneuvering for the presidency by and in behalf of Burr, including a letter from Bayard to Alexander Hamilton. #0954




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