BURROWS, Julius Caesar

BURROWS, Julius Caesar
Library of Congress


BURROWS, Julius Caesar, a Representative and a Senator from Michigan; born in North East, Erie County, Pa., January 9, 1837; moved with his parents to Ashtabula County, Ohio; attended district school, Kingsville Academy, and Grand River Institute, Austinburg, Ohio; studied law; admitted to the bar at Jefferson, Ohio, in 1859; moved to Richland, Kalamazoo County, Mich., in 1860; principal of the Richland Seminary; commenced the practice of law in Kalamazoo in 1861; raised an infantry company in 1862; served as its captain until the fall of 1863; elected circuit court commissioner in 1864; prosecuting attorney for Kalamazoo County 1866-1870; declined appointment as supervisor of internal revenue for Michigan and Wisconsin in 1868; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Forty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874; elected to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); chairman, Committee on Territories (Forty-seventh Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882; elected a Republican to the Forty-ninth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1885, until his resignation on January 23, 1895, having been elected Senator; chairman, Committee on Levees and Improvements of Mississippi River (Fifty-first Congress); elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis B. Stockbridge; reelected in 1899 and 1905 and served from January 24, 1895, to March 3, 1911; unsuccessful candidate for renomination; chairman, Committee on Revision of the Laws of the United States (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-sixth Congresses), Committee on Privileges and Elections (Fifty-seventh through Sixty-first Congresses); member of the National Monetary Commission and its vice chairman 1908-1912; retired from active business pursuits and political life; died in Kalamazoo, Mich., November 16, 1915; interment in Mountain Home Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Joint Archives of Holland
Hope College

Holland, MI
Papers: Correspondence in G. J. Diekema collection.

Michigan State University
University Archives and Historical Collections

East Lansing, MI
Papers: 1 letter in the Grace Bradley papers; and 3 letters in the Henry Waldron Papers.

U.S. Army Military History Institute

Carlisle Barracks, PA
Papers: Letter to Howard concerning his initial commissioning in Charles Edward Nason Howard papers, 1898-1937.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: May 29-June 25, 1867. 1 item. Diary of European trip.
Additional Papers: Items in Chase Salmon Osborn papers, 1889-1949; Oliver Lyman Spalding papers, 1861-1921; George Proctor Wanty papers, 1900-1906; William Herbert Withington papers, 1861-1909; Walter H. Sawyer papers, 1901-1931; John Treadway Rich papers, 1884-1914; William W. Potter papers, 1895-1924; Lucius Lee Hubbard papers, 1871-1935; John C. Carton papers, 1883-1921; Marshall L. Cook papers, 1880-1945; Junius Emery Beal papers, 1882-1946; Sligh family papers, 1842-1967; Harry Hill Bandholtz papers, 1889-1913; and others.

Western Reserve Historical Society

Cleveland, OH
Papers: Correspondence in Burrows family papers, 1858-1900. 2 boxes.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Holsinger, M. Paul. "J. C. Burrows and the Fight Against Mormonism: 1903-1907." Michigan History 52 (Fall 1968): 181-95.

Orcutt, William Dana. Burrows of Michigan and the Republican Party. 2 vols. New York: Longmans, Green Co., 1917.

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