U.S. Sen. Richard Burr would not be the first vice president with that name.
The third vice president of the United States, who served under President Thomas Jefferson, was Aaron Burr. Unfortunately, he is best remembered for having killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
The two Burrs are related. In fact, Richard is the first Burr to have served in Congress since his predecessor.
Burr has long said that the former vice president is a "distant cousin."
"Yes, we're related," he told the National Journal in 2004. "But there are no direct descendants of Aaron Burr left. My ancestor is one of his brothers."
In an interview with the Winston-Salem Journal, he said he was proud of the connection, and his father, David, once served as president of the Aaron Burr Association.
In a May interview with the Durham Herald-Sun, Burr was asked if how much interest he would have in running for vice president.
"None," he replied, laughing.