Inside the Vault: The Election of 1800

Originally broadcast on July 10, 2020, this session of Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection explores Alexander Hamilton’s letter to Representative Harrison Otis voicing his support for Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr in the election of 1800. The Collection’s curators were joined by Jamael Westman from Hamilton and Ryan Scheb, history educator at Cristo Rey New York High School in New York City, in their discussion. 

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  • A letter written by Alexander Hamilton supporting Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr: 13:40–51:08