BURLEIGH, Edwin Chick, (1843 - 1916)

Senate Years of Service: 1913-1916
Party: Republican

Library of Congress

BURLEIGH, Edwin Chick, a Representative and a Senator from Maine; born in Linneus, Aroostook County, Maine, November 27, 1843; attended the common schools and graduated from the Houlton (Maine) Academy; taught school; clerk in the adjutant general’s office; surveyor and farmer; clerk in the State land office at Bangor 1870-1876; moved to Augusta in 1876; State land agent 1876-1878; assistant clerk in the State house of representatives in 1878; clerk in the office of the State treasurer 1880-1884; State treasurer 1884-1888; became principal owner of the Kennebec Journal in 1887; Governor of Maine 1889-1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth Congress in 1897 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Seth L. Milliken; reelected to the Fifty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from June 21, 1897, to March 3, 1911; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910; resumed newspaper publishing in Augusta, Maine, and the management of timberlands; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1913, until his death in Augusta, Maine, June 16, 1916; interment in Forest Grove Cemetery.


Bibliography

U.S. Congress. Memorial Services for Edwin C. Burleigh. 64th Cong., 2nd sess., 1916-1917. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1917.