Biographer tells story of pistol duel between founding fathers at First Wednesday talk

BRATTLEBORO — Biographer Willard Sterne Randall will share the story of a deadly 1804 duel between two of America's Founding Fathers in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on May 6 at 7 p.m.

His talk, “The Duel: Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Was it murder or suicide when the vice president of the United States killed the first secretary of the treasury in a duel? Randall, award-winning biographer of Hamilton and five other Founding Fathers, will tell this fascinating story.

Randall is the author of 13 books, including Benjamin Franklin and His Son; Benedict Arnold, Patriot and Traitor; Thomas Jefferson, A Life; George Washington, A Life; and Alexander Hamilton: A Life.

He recently received the Award of Merit from the American Revolution Roundtable in New York City, awarded only twice before in that organization's 50-year history. He teaches American history at Champlain College in Burlington. His latest biography is Ethan Allen, His Life and Times.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626, or visit

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