Hiram R. Burton

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Hiram Rodney Burton (born November 13, 1841 in Lewes , Delaware , † June 17, 1927 there ) was an American politician . Between 1905 and 1909 he represented the state of Delaware in the US House of Representatives .


Hiram Burton attended elementary school in his home country and then the St. Peter Academy , also in Lewes, his birthplace. He was then a teacher in Sussex County for two years . Between 1862 and 1865 he traded haberdashery in Washington . After studying medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and his admission as a doctor in 1868, he began to practice in Frankford in his new profession. He stayed there until 1872, when he moved back to Lewes.

Burton was a member of the Republican Party . Between 1877 and 1888 he was deputy head of the customs authorities in the port of Lewes. From 1890 to 1893 he was employed as a doctor at the US Navy Hospital in Lewes. In 1898 he ran unsuccessfully for the Delaware Senate . In 1896, 1900 and 1908 he was a delegate to the respective Republican National Conventions , at which William McKinley and William Howard Taft were nominated as presidential candidates. In 1904 Burton was elected to the US House of Representatives, where he succeeded Democrat Henry A. Houston on March 4, 1905 . After he was confirmed in his mandate in the elections of 1906, he was able to complete two terms in Congress until March 3, 1909 .

In 1908, Burton was no longer nominated by his party. After that he worked as a doctor again. In 1912 a renewed candidacy for Congress failed. He received only 11% of the vote, which was due to a split within his party, which also led to the election of the Democrat Woodrow Wilson in the presidential election at the federal level . In the following years, in addition to his work as a doctor, he was also President of the Lewes National Bank . The doctor and politician married to Virginia Rawlins died in Lewes, his birthplace in June 1927, and was buried in Georgetown .

Web links

  • Hiram R. Burton in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)