How did Alexander Hamilton die?

Answer:  He was shot and mortally wounded by Vice President Aaron Burr in one of the most famous duels in American history.

Okay so maybe you already knew this, but what you may not have learned in your fifth grade history class was that Hamilton's son, Philip Hamilton died almost the exact same way, in almost the exact same spot. 

In 1801, after witnessing a speech denouncing his father, 19-year-old Philip confronted New York lawyer George Eacker and demanded a retraction. When Eacker refused, a duel was set for November 20 in Weehawken, New Jersey. Eacker escaped unscathed, but Philip died an agonizing death the following day. - History

 

The loss of Philip took a toll on the Hamilton family, and many historians note that his death may have led to Alexander Hamilton's own reluctance to fire directly at Burr during their duel. The Hamilton, Burr duel, which took place just three years later would go down as one of (if not, thee) most famous duels in American history. While we may never know Hamilton's intentions, we do know that he missed Burr, which proved to be fatal. Burr shot Hamilton in the stomach, which ultimately lead to Hamilton's death the following afternoon. 

The loss devastated the Hamilton family, and many historians believe it led to Hamilton’s own reluctance to fire directly at Aaron Burr during their legendary duel just three years later. Whatever his intentions, Hamilton missed his opponent but was promptly shot in the stomach; he died the next afternoon.