The electoral tie for the presidency between Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson is a forgotten piece of history that still affects us today. It resulted in the adoption of the 12th Amendment in 1804, which changed the requirements for presidential and vice-presidential elections, and it created several precedents for the two later electoral ties (including Bush v. Gore -- which, however, the Supreme Court unconstitutionally took out of the hands of Congress).
Aaron Burr enjoyed over twenty-five years of popularity and renown before the election of 1800 and the electoral tie for the presidency with Thomas Jefferson. Burr's refusal to agree to Republican requests that he resign if the Federalist-dominated House elected him was viewed by Jeffersonians as virtual treason. This was the start of Burr's fall from grace, much of which was engineered by or through Jefferson.
This article deals with the complex events leading up to and during the tie. The tie went from the electoral college to the House of Representatives and was eventually broken only when Jefferson met privately with Federalist leaders and made a deal.
The article identifies for the first time a unique relational situation between Burr and Jefferson which offers a clear reason for the cause of the falling out between the two political allies.
Article available electronically HERE.