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George BURNHAM

(1868-1939)

BURNHAM, George, a Representative from California; born in London, England, December 28, 1868; attended the public schools; immigrated in 1881 to the United States with his parents, who settled in Spring Valley, Minn.; employed as a clerk 1884-1886; moved to Jackson, Minn., in 1887 and engaged in the retail shoe business until 1901, when he moved to Spokane, Wash., and engaged in the real-estate business and in ranching; moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1903 and continued in the real estate business until 1917 when he took up banking; one of the organizers of the Panama-California Exposition in 1909, serving as vice president from 1909 to 1916; member of the Honorary Commercial Commission to China in 1910; member of the San Diego Library Commission 1926-1932 and of the San Diego Scientific Library 1926-1932; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1937); was not a candidate for renomination in 1936; vice president of the California-Pacific International Exposition 1935-1936; retired and resided in San Diego, Calif., until his death there on June 28, 1939; interment in Greenwood Cathedral Mausoleum, Greenwood Memorial Park.

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

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