He was born in Lindsay, Ontario, the son of Alex Burton and Janey Coulter, and was educated in Midland and Lindsay. He was hired by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1892. In 1903, he was hired by the firm of Cameron & Heap, wholesale grocers, in Kenora. Burton was sent to a new branch in Regina in 1907 as manager. In 1909, he married Helen Pope, the daughter of James Colledge Pope. Burton became manager of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Creameries in 1929. He was chairman of the board for the Regina General Hospital and served on the first public library board in Regina.
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