Samuel Swinfin Burdett
Captain, United States Army
Member of Congress
of the U.S. House of Representatives:
Representative from Missouri; born at Sutton-in-the-Elms, Leicestershire, England, February 21, 1836; when twelve years of age immigrated to the United States; worked on a farm in Lorain County, Ohio, and attended the common schools; studied law at Oberlin College, Ohio, was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Dewitt, Iowa; entered the Union Army as a private in the First Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, in May 1861; promoted to the rank of lieutenant, later becoming captain, and served until August 1864; assistant provost marshal general from March 1 until August 1, 1864; moved to Osceola, St. Clair County, Mo., in December 1865; attorney for the seventh circuit in 1868 and 1869; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1873); chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Forty-second Congress); unsuccessful candidate in 1872 for reelection to the Forty-third Congress; resumed the practice of law in Osceola, Mo.; appointed Commissioner of the General Land Office in 1874; engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., residing at Glencarlyn, Va., during his last years; commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1885 and 1886; died at Sutton-in-the-Elms, Leicestershire, England, September 24, 1914; interment in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Nancy E. Burdett (1824-1906) is buried with him in Section 3.
Note: He was the Commander-in-Chief of the
GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) in 1885-86. The photo below is courtesy
of the GAR and its successor organizations.
Later he went to Iowa and was admitted to thebar in that State in 1859. In 1861 he helped organize Company B of the First Iowa Cavalry, in which he enlisted as a Private, and at the end of his three years' service was mustered out as Captain.
In 1868 he was elected to the Forty-first Congrtess from Missouri and re-elected to the Forty-second Congress. In 1874 President Grant made him Commissioner of the General Land Office. In 1878 he settled in Washington and became the law partner of W. W. Curtis. Captain Burdett was twice commander of the Kit Carson Post 2 in Washington, and in 1885 was elected Commander-in-Chief ofthe G.A.R.
Posted: 28 March 1999 Updated: 8 November 2000 Updated: 24 August 2002 Updated: 22 February 2003 Updated: 23 August 2003
Updated: 5 September 2005 Updated: 2 January 2006 Updated: 24 September 2007 Updated: 19 October 2007
Photos By: M. R. Patterson
Photos By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 22 April 2004