The Presidents Code – Vice President Aaron Burr

The Presidents Code – Vice President Aaron Burr

Vice President Aaron Burr Jr. Democratic-Republican 3/4/1801-3/4/1805
Vice President Aaron Burr Jr.
Democratic-Republican 3/4/1801-3/4/1805

The Election of 1800 was the first in which the Vice President ran as a ‘running mate’ with the man running for President. This caused some controversy as electors at this time still placed two votes, one for President and another for Vice President. This led to both Jefferson and Aaron Burr his running mate, receiving the same amount of electoral votes. The Democratic-Republicans initially had a plan for one of their electors to place a vote for someone other than Burr to avoid this but the plan was not executed. As a result, the tie was to be resolved by the House of Representatives which was in the hands of an outgoing Federalist majority. The Federalists despised Jefferson and fought to keep him from the Presidency even though everyone knew that Aaron Burr was running for Vice President and not President. 36 ballots were cast before Federalist James Bayard and his allies finally decided to cast blank ballots leading to Jefferson’s election as President.

Interestingly, it was Alexander Hamilton who would influence the Federalists to elect Jefferson as President as he felt that Jefferson was less of a threat to the country than Aaron Burr. This would begin a feud between the two which would end with Burr killing Hamilton in a duel in 1804. As Hamilton was the figure head of the Federalist party, his death allowed the Democrat-Republicans to attain even more control of the country. Hamilton is also thought to be one of the primary reasons that the Democratic-Republicans were able to so soundly defeat incumbent President John Adams in the 1796 election as Hamilton split the Federalist party in two through his opposition to President Adams.


Aaron Burr’s name is a picture of Lucifer, the ‘light bringer,’ who brings the curse to mankind. Aaron comes from the Hebrew name אהרון ‘aharon’ which means a ‘light bringer.’ The serpent in the Garden is also linked to this concept of a ‘light bringer.’ The Hebrew word for serpent is נחש ‘nachash’ which literally means a ‘shining one.’ The name Lucifer, which is applied to this serpent (Isaiah 14:12), has similar meaning. The Hebrew word for ‘Lucifer’ is הילל ‘heylel’ which means a ‘shining one’ or a light bringer.


Burr is from the Middle English word ‘bur’ which means a seedhead that sticks to clothing. This is a picture of the thorns and thistles that the earth brought forth when God cursed man for listening to the serpent (Genesis 3:18).


Here in Aaron Burr’s name we see the ‘Lightbringer’ who deceived Adam and Eve, who brought forth the curse which ‘sticks’ to their clothing and is hard to shake off.


Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

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