2. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Worked on a Murder Trial Together at Federal Hall
Alexander Hamilton lived close to Federal Hall in the early 1800s. In 1800, just four years before Aaron Burr would famously assassinate Hamilton, the two men worked together as part of the same defense team in a trial that took place in the Old City Hall.
The murder trial involved Levi Weeks, a young carpenter, who was accused of murder when his fiancé was found at the bottom of a well. Burr and Hamilton’s defense led to Weeks’ eventual acquittal after a three-day trial that involved 55 witnesses. They redirected suspicion to a different resident of the boardinghouse where Weeks lived, and the defendant walked out free.
Unfortunately, Burr and Hamilton rarely were able to work quite as well with each other again.