Theodore Weld BURDICK, Congress, IA (1836-1898)


BURDICK, Theodore Weld, a Representative from Iowa; born in Evansburg, Crawford County, Pa., October 7, 1836; attended the common schools; moved with his parents to Decorah, Iowa, in 1853 and engaged in banking; deputy treasurer and recorder of Winneshiek County 1854-1857; treasurer and recorder from 1858 to 1862, when he resigned to recruit a company for the Union Army; was commissioned as captain and assigned to the Sixth Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, in which he served for three years in the Department of the Northwest; after the regiment was mustered out in 1865 he returned to Decorah and became cashier of the First National Bank; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1878; resumed banking at Decorah, Iowa, and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; member of the State senate in 1886 and 1887; died in Decorah, Iowa, July 16, 1898; interment in Phelps Cemetery.

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