BURLEIGH, William, (1785 - 1827)


BURLEIGH, William, (father of John Holmes Burleigh), a Representative from Maine; born in Northwood, Rockingham County, N.H., October 24, 1785; moved with his parents to Gilmanton, N.H., in 1788; attended the common schools and taught for several years; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1815 and commenced practice in South Berwick, Maine; elected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress and as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth Congress; elected as an Adams candidate but did not serve in the Twentieth Congress, and served from March 4, 1823, until his death in South Berwick, York County, Maine, July 2, 1827; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Nineteenth Congress); interment in Portland Street Cemetery.