James A. Burden II

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James A. Burden II
Born James Abercrombie Burden, Jr.
January 16, 1871
Troy, New York
Died June 1, 1932(1932-06-01) (aged 61)
Syosset, New York
Residence James A. Burden House
Occupation Industrialist
Spouse(s) Florence Adele Sloane
Children 3

James Abercrombie Burden, Jr. (January 16, 1871 in Troy, New York – June 1, 1932 in Syosset, New York) was an American industrialist from New York.

Early life and career[edit]

James Abercrombie Burden, Jr. was born on January 16, 1871 in Troy, New York. His father was James A. Burden and his mother was Mary Irvin.[1]

His paternal grandfather, Henry Burden, founded what later became known as the Burden Iron Works foundry in Troy. Burden inherited the Burden Iron Works from his uncle, William Fletcher Burden.

Marriage and children[edit]

Burden married Florence Adele Sloane, who was the eldest daughter of William D. Sloane (the head of W. & J. Sloane) and Emily Thorn Vanderbilt, a granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt.[2] The couple were wed by the Reverend William Grosvenor on June 6, 1895 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox, Massachusetts.[2] Their wedding gift was the James A. Burden House on Carnegie Hill in New York City, which was commissioned by his father-in-law.

Together, they had three children:

  • James Abercrombie Burden III (1897–1979)[3][4]
  • William Douglas Burden (1899–1978)
  • Florence Irvin Burden (1902–1990), who married Blake Leigh Lawrence (1898–1986)[5]

Later life[edit]

In 1931, he was injured in a fall.[6] Burden died on June 1, 1932, of an embolism as a consequence of his fall a year earlier.[7]

His widow married Richard Tobin in Paris, France on July 6, 1936. In 1938, the contents of the James A. Burden House were auctioned by Parke-Bernet.[8][9]

His granddaughter, Adele Burden Lawrence (1931–1991), married Louis Stanton Auchincloss (1917–2010) in 1957.[5]


  1. ^ Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, (Cuyler Reynolds, ed.), New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911
  2. ^ a b "A Love Match. An American Heiress is Content to Dwell in Her Native Land With an American Male. A Wedding Which Has Cost an Expenditure of a Round Million. A Vanderbilt Gathering.". The Wichita Beacon. 6 June 1895. p. 1. Retrieved August 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "James A. Burden Is Dead at 81. Roller-Bearing Concern Ex-Head". New York Times. May 8, 1979. Retrieved 2015-08-04. James A. Burden, a former president of the Orange Roller Bearing Company, died Saturday at his home in Locust Valley, L.I., after a long illness. He was 81 years old 
  4. ^ Christopher Gray (July 10, 1994). "The Burden Mansion. The Soot's Coming Off, but a Blemish Will Remain". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  5. ^ a b "ADELE LAWRENCE WED IN VERMONT; Bride of Louis Auchinoloss, a Virginia Law Alumnus, in Shelburne Church". The New York Times. September 8, 1957. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "James A. Burden Injured in Fall". New York Times. March 19, 1931. Retrieved 2015-08-04. James A. Burden, whose country estate, Woodside, is near this village, is confined to his bed ... 
  7. ^ "James A. Burden Dead In Syosset". New York Times. June 2, 1932. Retrieved 2015-08-04. President of Iron Company Bearing the Family Name Victim of Embolism. Sequel To An Accident. Prominent In New York Society Prince of Wales Entertained at Woodside, His Estate 
  8. ^ "Burden Furnishings Sold". New York Times. April 21, 1938. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  9. ^ "Burden Furnishings Sold. Auction Yields Total of $31,591. Old Tapestry Brings $5,000". New York Times. April 22, 1938. Retrieved 2015-08-04.