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Horatio Chapin BURCHARD

(1825-1908)

BURCHARD, Horatio Chapin, a Representative from Illinois; born in Marshall, Oneida County, N.Y., September 22, 1825; attended the public schools and private preparatory schools; was graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., in 1850; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Freeport, Ill.; member of the State house of representatives 1863-1866; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Elihu B. Washburne; reelected to the Forty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from December 6, 1869, to March 3, 1879; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1878; director of the United States Mint 1879-1885; resumed the practice of law in Freeport, Ill.; member of the commission to revise the State revenue laws in 1885 and 1886; was placed in charge of the jury of awards of the mining department of the World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893; died in Freeport, Ill., May 14, 1908; interment in Oakland Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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