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William Olin BURGIN

(1877-1946)

BURGIN, William Olin, a Representative from North Carolina; born on a farm near Marion, McDowell County, N.C., July 28, 1877; moved with his parents to Rutherfordton, N.C., where he attended the public schools and Rutherfordton Military Institute; also attended the Law School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; engaged as a clerk in a general store in Rutherfordton in 1893 and later as a traveling salesman and merchant; moved to Thomasville and engaged in the mercantile business; was admitted to the bar; mayor of Thomasville, N.C., 1906-1910; moved to Lexington, N.C., and continued the practice of law; president and attorney of the Industrial Bank of Lexington; director in a number of business enterprises in Lexington; served in the State house of representatives in 1931; member of the State senate in 1933; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, until his death in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 1946; interment in Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, N.C.

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

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