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Second Lady Eliza Burr

On this date in 1775, Eliza Bowen Jumel was born, though the details of her early life are uncertain. She may have been the illegitimate daughter of a prostitute and a sailor, or born at sea, the daughter of a French naval officer. Whatever her beginnings, she grew up poor and lower class, and aimed for more in life. In 1804, she married a wealthy merchant named Stephen Jumel, and charmed society in France. He died in 1832, and the following year, Eliza married former Vice President Aaron Burr (it was his second marriage as well). Their marriage was brief, as she soon accused him of being a fortune-seeker, and sought a divorce. Their divorce was finalized September 14, 1836, the day he died. Eliza was from then known as Madame Jumel, and traveled widely and lived comfortably until her death in 1865.

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