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Esther Edwards Burr


Gender:
Female
Born:
February 13, 1732
Died:
April 7, 1758
Home Town:
Northampton, MA
Later Residences:
Princeton, NJ
Marriage(s):
Aaron Burr, Sr. (29 June 1752)
Biographical Notes:
Esther Edwards was the daughter of the famous Great Awakening preacher Jonathan Edwards. She married Rev. Aaron Burr Sr. in 1752; together the couple had two children. She was a devout member of the Puritan Evangelical Church and is known for the extensive letter journal she kept. When she died of smallpox in 1758 at the age of 26 less than a year after her husband, she left her two young children orphaned. Her father went on to replace her husband as the third President of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton).


Secondary Sources:
Carol F. Karlsen and Laurie Crumpacker, eds., The Journal of Esther Edwards Burr 1754-1757 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1984)

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