BURKE, Edmund

1809–1882

Biography

BURKE, Edmund, a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Westminster, Vt., January 23, 1809; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1826 and commenced practice in Colebrook, N.H.; moved to Claremont, N.H., in 1833 and assumed editorial management of the New Hampshire Argus; moved to Newport in 1834 and united the Argus with the Spectator of that place, continuing as editor for several years; commissioned as adjutant in the State militia in 1837 and as brigade inspector in 1838; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh, and Twenty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1845); was not a candidate for renomination in 1844; appointed Commissioner of Patents by President Polk and served from May 5, 1846, to September 3, 1850; resumed the practice of law in Newport, N.H.; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1844 and 1852; delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1867, and served as presiding officer; member of the State board of agriculture in 1871; died in Newport, Sullivan County, N.H., January 25, 1882; interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1821-1881, 400 items. The papers of Edmund Burke contain correspondence, drafts of newspaper editorials, speeches, committee reports, resolutions, commissions, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings, pertaining to Edmund Burke's career as a newspaper editor in New Hampshire and as a congressman. Chiefly incoming correspondence, relating primarily to the U.S. Patent Office and to the Dorr Rebellion in Rhode Island (1842), and including fifty letters from President Franklin Pierce.
Papers: In the Alden Partridge Papers, 1807-1959, 1.4 linear feet. Correspondents include Edmund Burke. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Franklin Pierce Papers, 1820-1869, 6.8 linear feet. Correspondents include Edmund Burke.
Papers: In the James K. Polk Papers, ca. 1775-1891, 39 linear feet. Correspondents include Edmund Burke. A finding aid is available in the library.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Burke, Edmund. An address delivered before the Democratic Republican citizens of Lempster. Newport: N.H.: H. E. & S. C. Baldwin, printers, 1839.

------. Catalogue of the ... library belonging to the late Hon. Edmund Burke. Boston: W. F. Brown & Co., printers, 1883.

------. An important appeal to the people of the United States. [N.p., 1856?]

------. The protective system considered in connection with the present tariff, in a series of twelve essays. Washington: Printed by J. and G. S. Gideon, 1846.

------. Taylor Whigery exposed. Letter from the Hon. Edmund Burke. [Washington?: National and Jackson Democratic Association Committee, 1848].

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