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Samuel Swinfin Burdett

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Samuel Swinfin Burdett February 21, 1836 – September 24, 1914 was a US Representative from Missouri

Biographyedit

He was born on February 21, 1836 in The Old Manse, Broughton Astley, bordering Sutton-in-the-Elms in Leicestershire, England His father was minister at the Baptist Chapel there

When twelve years of age he emigrated to the United States He worked on a farm in Lorain County, Ohio, and attended the common schools He studied law at Oberlin College, Ohio, was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in DeWitt, Iowa Burdett was an abolitionist and joined John Brown during the conflict in "Bleeding Kanas" in May of 18561 He entered the Union Army as a private in the First Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, in May 1861 He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, later becoming captain, and served until August 1864 He served as assistant provost marshal general from March 1, 1864 – August 1, 1864 He moved to Osceola, St Clair County, Missouri, in December 1865 Attorney for the seventh circuit in 1868 and 1869 He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868

Burdett was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1873 He served as chairman of the Committee on Manufactures Forty-second Congress He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1872 for reelection to the Forty-third Congress He resumed the practice of law in Osceola, Missouri He was appointed Commissioner of the General Land Office in 1874 He engaged in the practice of law in Washington, DC, residing at Glencarlyn, Virginia, during his last years Commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic from 1885 to 1886 He founded the Arlington, Virginia neighborhood of Glencarlyn with his partner George W Curtis in 1888

The Samuel S Burdett house in Glencarlyn, Arlington, Virginia

When he was old he decided that he would like to visit the place where he was born He travelled to England and stayed at the Old Manse now 12, Green Rd Broughton Astley, Leicestershire He suddenly became ill, and some days later he died, on September 24, 1914, in the very room in which he had been born He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Legacyedit

He is the namesake of the community of Burdett, Missouri2

Referencesedit

  • United States Congress "Samuel Swinfin Burdett id: B001074" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  1. ^ http://dcollectionsoberlinedu/cdm/ref/collection/civilwar/id/85
  2. ^ "Bates County Place Names, 1928-1945 archived" The State Historical Society of Missouri Retrieved 1 September 2016 
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
John H Stover
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Missouri's 5th congressional district

1869–1873
Succeeded by
Richard P Bland
Political offices
Preceded by
Willis Drummond
Commissioner of the General Land Office
1874–1876
Succeeded by
James A Williamson
Preceded by
John S Kountz
Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic
1885–1886
Succeeded by
Lucius Fairchild

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