Samuel Swinfin Burdett

Samuel Swinfin Burdett (* February 21 1836 in Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, England; † September 24, 1914 ) was an American politician of British origin. Between 1869 and 1873 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


At the age of twelve years, came Samuel Burdett 1848 in the United States, where he found on a farm in Lorain County in Ohio work. At the same time he attended the public schools of his new home. After a subsequent law studies at Oberlin College and his 1858 was admitted to the bar he began in DeWitt (Iowa) to work in this profession. During the Civil War he served 1861-1864 in the army of the Union, in which he reached the rank of captain. In December 1865 Burdett moved to Osceola, where he practiced as a lawyer again. In the years 1868 and 1869 he was a prosecutor in the seventh judicial district of Missouri. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. In 1868 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in part in Chicago, was nominated to the General Ulysses S. Grant as a presidential candidate.

In the congressional elections of 1868 Burdett was in the fifth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Hubler Stover on March 4, 1869. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1873 two legislative sessions. In 1870 the 15th Amendment was ratified. Since 1871 Burdett was chairman of the Craft Committee. In 1872, he defeated Democrat Richard P. Bland.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Burdett worked as a lawyer in Osceola again. In 1874 he was appointed as the successor of Willis Drummond Head ( Commissioner) of the Federal Cadastre Office ( Land Office ). Later he worked in the federal capital Washington as a lawyer. In the years 1885 and 1886 Burdett was as Commander in Chief Head of the veterans' organization Grand Army of the Republic. He spent his last years in Glencarlyn ( Virginia). Samuel Burdett died on September 24, 1914 during a visit to his native England village of Sutton - in-the- Elms in his birth room. He was buried on the American Arlington National Cemetery.