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Hutchins Gordon BURTON

(1782-1836)

BURTON, Hutchins Gordon, (nephew of Robert Burton), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Virginia in 1782; when three years of age his father died and he was sent to Granville County, where he was reared by his uncle, Col. Robert Burton; moved to Mecklenburg County, N.C., in 1803; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1806 and practiced; member of the State house of commons in 1809; elected attorney general of North Carolina in 1810 and served until his resignation in November 1816; moved to Halifax, N.C., in 1816, and again elected a member of the State house of commons in 1817; elected as a Republican to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses, as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress, and served from December 6, 1819, until March 23, 1824, when he resigned; Governor of North Carolina 1824-1827; resumed the practice of law in Halifax; was the host of General Lafayette when the latter visited Raleigh during his tour of the United States in 1825; died while on a visit to relatives in Iredell County, N.C., April 21, 1836; interment in Unity Churchyard, Beattys Ford, Lincoln County, N.C.

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

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