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Edwin Chick Burleigh (November 27, 1843 – June 16, 1916) was an American politician from the state of Maine.

Edwin Chick Burleigh
Treasurer of Maine
In office
Preceded bySamual A. Holbrook
Succeeded byGeorge L. Beal
42nd Governor of Maine
In office
January 2, 1889 – January 4, 1893
Preceded bySebastian S. Marble
Succeeded byHenry B. Cleaves
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 3rd district
In office
June 21, 1897 – March 3, 1911
Preceded bySeth L. Milliken
Succeeded bySamuel W. Gould
United States Senator
from Maine
In office
March 4, 1913 – June 16, 1916
Preceded byObadiah Gardner
Succeeded byBert M. Fernald
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1843-11-27)November 27, 1843
Linneus, Maine
DiedJune 16, 1916(1916-06-16) (aged 72)
Augusta, Maine
Political partyRepublican


Burleigh was born on November 27, 1843 in Linneus, Maine. He attended the common schools and Houlton Academy before becoming a teacher himself. He also worked as a surveyor and farmer before entering government. He served first as a clerk in the state adjutant general's office and then was clerk in the State land office at Bangor, Maine from 1870 to 1876. He moved to Augusta, Maine and became the state land agent from 1876 to 1878 and then assistant clerk in the Maine House of Representatives in 1878. He then served four years (1880–1884) in the office of the State treasurer before becoming Maine State Treasurer himself in 1884 and serving for four years. During this time he also became principal owner of the Kennebec Journal newspaper. His great grandson is currently a writer for the paper.

In 1889 he was elected the 42nd Governor of Maine, a position he held for three years subsequent. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1897 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Seth L. Milliken and served in that body for 14 years. Unsuccessful in his campaign for reelection in 1910 he returned to business for three years until he was elected to the United States Senate in 1912. He served until his death three years later in Augusta, Maine in 1916.

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Sources and external linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Edwin C. Burleigh (id: B001105)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Burleigh family of Linneus
  • Bio of Edwin C. Burleigh, as found in Representative Men of Maine (1893)
  • Edwin C. Burleigh, late a senator from Maine, Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and Senate frontispiece 1917
Political offices
Preceded by
Samual A. Holbrook
Treasurer of Maine
Succeeded by
George L. Beal
Preceded by
Sebastian S. Marble
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Henry B. Cleaves
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Seth Milliken
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 3rd congressional district

June 21, 1897–March 3, 1911
Succeeded by
Samuel W. Gould
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Obadiah Gardner
U.S. Senator from Maine
March 4, 1913 – June 16, 1916
Succeeded by
Bert M. Fernald