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Alfred Avery BURNHAM

(1819-1879)

BURNHAM, Alfred Avery, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Windham, Windham County, Conn., on March 8, 1819; completed a preparatory course and attended college one year; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Windham; member of the State house of representatives in 1844, 1845, 1850, and 1858, serving as speaker in 1858; clerk of the State senate in 1847; Lieutenant Governor in 1857; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); was not a candidate for renomination in 1862; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1870 and served as speaker; died in Windham, Conn., April 11, 1879; interment in Windham Cemetery, Windham Center, Conn.

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

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