Talk:Aaron Burr

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Treason and the U.S. Constitituion[edit]

I changed the article to say that the U.S. Constitution requires two witnesses in the charge of treason. It's not something that Marshall made up. (this unsigned contribution was added on 11 July 2006 by

Theodosia Burr Alston[edit]

Linked Theodosia (daughter) to her Wiki page

commanding general -- incorrect????[edit]

This appears to be incorrect per

Limit to categories[edit]

User Koavf has lately added a category "Activists from New Jersey" to the historical figure this page is dedicated to. Well, why not set up a category for tea-drinking vets from Montana, or fashion-addicts journalists from New York, etc.? My point is, that while categories like "Vicepresidents of the USA" refer to a publicly acknowledged role, further fanciful categorising should be avoided, especially when e.g. In this case the category does not in itself define anything. What exactly does "activist" mean? What area is an "activist" activ in? Etc. I would kindly ask fellow wikipeadians for their educated opinion in this issue.Isananni (talk) 20:01, 21 March 2017 (UTC)

@Isananni: Tea-drinking is not a defining characteristic, unlike being an abolitionist. Rather than get up in arms about this, you could have asked me directly or just clicked up the hierarchy from Category:American abolitionists yourself. Have a nice day. ―Justin (koavf)TCM 20:18, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
I find the inclusion of the category inappropriate and have removed it. Chris Troutman (talk) 20:20, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
@Chris troutman: Why? ―Justin (koavf)TCM 20:25, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
Koavf added the category "Activist", not "Abolitionist", neither apply to Aaron Burr.Isananni (talk) 20:27, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @Koavf: Burr worked at a paper advocating abolition. The article doesn't otherwise portray Burr as an abolitionist personally and certianly that doesn't make him an "activist" which can be a pretty charged term. If the article doesn't call him an activist then the category should not be applied. Chris Troutman (talk) 20:34, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
  • @Koavf: I know you've got a great deal of experience, and a quick look tells me that there seems to be a good deal of activity in the Category space for American activists by state, and I can't find any talk page (in the Category space) that discusses what's supposed to go into the "activist" category. I was particularly a bit surprised by the application of "activist" to Aaron Burr. The term "activist," to me, seems like a 20th century neologism — the word doesn't sound right when applied to historical figures prior to the 20th century. Either that, or it's so overbroad that it becomes meaningless, by encompassing every political figure who was actively advocating a cause, any cause, in any time or place in all of world history. If Aaron Burr (a man who was famously accused of not standing for anything!) is categorized as an activist, what politician wasn't an activist? Lwarrenwiki (talk) 20:30, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
  • @Lwarrenwiki: You don't consider suffragettes or workers on the Underground Railroad activists? Either way, the category scheme is a lot larger than me and I was just diffusing by state. If he wasn't an abolitionists, as suggested above, then he should be taken out of that category and consequently the entire scheme of Category:American activists. This would have solved the problem rather than bickering and petty sniping (which I am not accusing you of doing, Lwarren). ―Justin (koavf)TCM 20:33, 21 March 2017 (UTC)

Lead portrait[edit]

The image in the infobox is of Burr as a relatively young man. Might it be more appropriate to have an image of him painted while he was a sitting Vice President? This one here by John Vanderlyn was painted during his term in office.-- (talk) 18:50, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

The picture you suggest is rather famous (was used on the cover of some biographies as well) and I personally agree with your suggestion, but do not know how to replace pictures. I hope a fellow editor may be of help. Isananni (talk) 19:11, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
Done, a friend told me how to do it.Isananni (talk) 19:59, 23 March 2017 (UTC)