Edmund Burke (congressman)
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Born in Westminster, Vermont, Burke attended the public schools. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1826, commencing practice in Colebrook, New Hampshire. He moved to Claremont, New Hampshire, in 1833 and assumed editorial management of the New Hampshire Argus. He moved to Newport in 1834 and united the Argus with the Spectator of that place, continuing as editor for several years. He was commissioned as adjutant in the State militia in 1837 and as brigade inspector in 1838.
Burke was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh, and Twenty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1845). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1844. He was appointed Commissioner of Patents by President Polk and served from May 5, 1846, to September 3, 1850, after which he resumed the practice of law in Newport, New Hampshire.
He served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1844 and 1852. He served as delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1867, and served as presiding officer. He served as member of the State board of agriculture in 1871. He died in Newport, January 25, 1882, and was interred in Maple Grove Cemetery.