Henry G. Burleigh

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Henry G. Burleigh
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byWalter A. Wood
Succeeded byEdward W. Greenman
Constituency17th district (1883–85)
18th district (1885–87)
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Washington County, 2nd district
In office
January 1, 1876 – December 31, 1876
Preceded byEmerson E. Davis
Succeeded byIsaac V. Baker Jr.
Personal details
Born(1832-06-02)June 2, 1832
Canaan, New Hampshire, U.S.
DiedAugust 10, 1900(1900-08-10) (aged 68)
Whitehall, Washington County, New York, U.S.
Resting placeMount Hope Cemetery
Ticonderoga, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jennie E. Richards Burleigh
ChildrenCharles Richards Burleigh
Henry Gordoon Burleigh Jr.
James Weeks Burleigh

Henry Gordon Burleigh (June 2, 1832 – August 10, 1900) was an American businessman, banker and politician. He served as a United States Representative from New York and as a member of the New York State Assembly during the 1870s.


Born in Canaan, New Hampshire, Burleigh was the son of Gordon Burleigh. He was raised in Concord, New Hampshire and attended the common schools. He moved to New York in 1846 with his parents, who settled in Ticonderoga.[1] He engaged in the mining of iron ore and in the lumber, coal, and transportation business. He was supervisor of the town of Ticonderoga in 1864 and 1865 before moving to Whitehall, New York in 1867 to expand his transportation business.[2][3] He owned many canalboats and steamers which he used to move freight through Canada and the U.S.[4]

He was involved in the banking industry, serving as the president of the National Bank at Whitehall and the First National Bank of Ticonderoga.[4] He was director of the International Paper Company, Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper Company, and the St. Maurice Lumber Company.[5] He was also involved in real estate and owned large amounts of real estate in the U.S. and Canada.[6]

Political career[edit]

In 1855, he was secretary of the first Republican convention in New York.[7] He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Washington Co., 2nd D.) in 1876.[8] Burleigh was a delegate to the 1880, 1884,[9] 1888, 1892 and 1896 Republican National Conventions.

He was elected as a Republican candidate to the 48th and 49th Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1887.[10] While in Congress, he served on the United States House Committee on Rivers and Harbors.[1]


He died of appendicitis in Whitehall, New York on August 10, 1900, and was interred at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Ticonderoga, New York.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Burleigh married Jennie E. Richards in 1869,[12] and they had three sons: Charles Richards Burleigh, Henry Gordon Burleigh Jr. and James Weeks Burleigh.

Burleigh's home in Ticonderoga, the H. G. Burleigh House, was built in 1894 and is a Queen Anne style building. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b Hammond, Otis Grant (1900). The Granite State Monthly, Volume 29. J.N. McClintock. p. 243.
  2. ^ United States. Congress (1886). Congressional edition, Volume 2342. U.S. G.P.O. p. 61.
  3. ^ "The Burleigh Brothers: Nineteenth Century Titans of the Champlain Basin" (PDF). Vermont History.org. Retrieved January 16, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Cutter, William Richard (1910). Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 1. Lewis historical publishing Company. p. 347.
  5. ^ Biographical directory Company (incorporated) (1900). Biographical Directory of the State of New York, 1900. Biographical directory Company (incorporated). p. 56.
  6. ^ "The Burleigh Brothers: Nineteenth Century Titans of the Champlain Basin" (PDF). Vermont History.org. Retrieved January 16, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Hall, Henry (1896). America's Successful Men of Affairs: The United States at large. New York tribune. p. 132.
  8. ^ Poore, Perley (1883). Congressional Directory Compiled for the Use of Congress. p. 61.
  9. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=Q88-AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA61. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1886. p. 61. External link in |title= (help)
  10. ^ New York (State). Legislature. Senate (1913). Documents of the Senate of the State of New York, Volume 28. New York (State). Legislature. Senate. p. 205.
  11. ^ Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 415. ISBN 9780806348230.
  12. ^ White, J.T. (1892). The National Cyclopedia of American Biography. J.T. White. p. 192.
  13. ^ Christine May (January 18, 2014). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: H. G. Burleigh House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-06-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "TICONDEROGA YESTERDAY - PlaceSense". PlaceSense. Retrieved January 18, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

New York State Assembly
Preceded by
Emerson E. Davis
New York State Assembly
Washington County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
Isaac V. Baker Jr.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Walter A. Wood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
James G. Lindsley
Preceded by
Frederick A. Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Edward W. Greenman