William O. Burgin

Burgin was born in 1877 on a farm near the town of Marion. The family later moved to Rutherfordton. Burgin attended the Law School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was in 1893 working as a clerk in a general store in Rutherfordton and worked as a commercial traveler and merchant later. Burgin moved to Thomasville, where he was doing business again. From 1906 to 1910 he held the office of mayor of the city. In 1931 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina; In 1933 he sat in the state Senate.

Burgin was elected as a Democrat to Congress and represented there from January 3, 1939 until his death in his home state in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was on the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, where he had moved after his term as mayor of Thomasville, was buried.