Hiram Rodney BURTON, Congress, DE (1841-1927)


BURTON, Hiram Rodney, a Representative from Delaware; born in Lewes, Sussex County, Del., November 13, 1841; attended the public schools and St. Peter’s Academy at Lewes; taught for two years in the schools of Sussex County; engaged in the dry goods business in Washington, D.C., 1862-1865; was graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1868 and practiced in Frankford, Del., from 1868 until 1872, when he moved to Lewes, Del.; deputy collector of customs for the port of Lewes 1877-1888; acting assistant surgeon in the United States Marine Hospital Service 1890-1893, stationed at Lewes; unsuccessful candidate for the State senate in 1898; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1896, 1900, and 1908; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1909); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; resumed the practice of medicine in Lewes, Del.; director of Lewes National Bank; died in Lewes, June 17, 1927; interment in St. Paul’s Episcopal Churchyard, Georgetown, Sussex County, Del.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present