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Burr is former veep's 12th cousin

Richard Burr is the 12th cousin of Aaron.

That's the word from the senator's father, retired Presbyterian minister David Burr of Advance.

He told Dome that the family is descended from the former vice president's uncle, Edward—a fact recently verified by a Washington-area historian. That makes them part of the Fairfield, Conn. branch of the Burr family.

As noted previously, there are no direct descendants.

David Burr, who served as president of the Aaron Burr Association in the late 1970s, said that the former vice president is tragically misunderstood. He said that the duel with Alexander Hamilton grew out of social conflicts between the high-born Burr and Hamilton, an illegitimate child.

Burr, 86, was excited that another member of the family could end up vice president.

"I couldn't believe that this was under consideration," he said. "I have asked Richard about it, and it's pretty much no comment at this point. He said to me when I talked to him last weekend, 'I haven't been asked.'"

He did say that U.S. Sen. John McCain told him he likes Richard because he's a moderate who is respected by senators from both parties.

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