There, Burr attended the Elizabethtown Academy, the preparatory school for Princeton – then known as the College of New Jersey. And at just 13 years old, Burr began attending the future Ivy League institution. Years later, a man named Alexander Hamilton would follow in his footsteps at the Academy – although it would be decades before their lives would become entwined.
After graduating in 1772, Burr began pursuing further studies in theology. However, after three years, he changed direction towards a career in law. So when Burr was 19 years old, he relocated to Connecticut. And there, he planned to study the field with the assistance of his brother-in-law.
But fate had something different in store for Burr. In 1775, word reached the young scholar of the battles at Lexington and Concord in what is now Massachusetts. There, American rebels had clashed with British troops, marking the beginning of the War of Independence – a bloody conflict that would rage across the nation for the next eight years.