Alfred A. Burnham

Alfred Avery Burnham ( born March 8, 1819 in Windham, Connecticut, † April 11, 1879 ) was an American politician. Between 1859 and 1863 he represented the third electoral district of the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


After primary school and a year at a College Alfred Burnham studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1843. Then he began in his hometown of Windham to work in his new profession. He also embarked on a political career. In the years 1844, 1845, 1850 and 1858, he was elected to the House of Representatives from Connecticut; In 1858 he was president of the house. In 1847 he was employed as a clerk in the state Senate. Burnham was a member of the Republican Party, founded in 1854. In 1857 he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut.

In the congressional elections of 1858 he was in the third district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Sidney Dean on March 4, 1859. After a re-election in 1860 he was able to complete up to March 3, 1863 two terms in Congress, who were shaped by the events before and at the beginning of the Civil War. In Congress, he experienced the withdrawal of members from the southern states and the outbreak of war. In 1862 Alfred Burnham gave up another candidacy.

Even after his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Burnham remained politically active. In 1870 he was again elected to the House of Representatives from Connecticut. There he was again president of the chamber. Alfred Burnham died on 11 April 1879 in his native Windham and was also buried there. He was married to Mary Belden ( 1834-1914 ).