BURGIN, William Olin

1877–1946

Biography

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.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Wake Forest University
Special Collections Department, Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Winston-Salem, NC
Papers: In the Charles Bennett Deane Papers, 1919-1956, 1 microfilm reel. Consists of microfilm of 25 scrapbooks. Includes coverage of the Deane-Burgin campaign, 1937-1938. A finding aid is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

United States. 79th Cong., 2d sess., 1946. House. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of William Olin Burgin, late a Representative from North Carolina. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1948.

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