Thomas M. Burgess

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Thomas Mackie Burgess
Thomas M. Burgess
12th Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island
In office
February 1841 – June 1852
Preceded by Samuel W. Bridgham
Succeeded by Amos C. Barstow
Personal details
Born (1806-06-06)June 6, 1806
Providence, Rhode Island
Died October 17, 1856(1856-10-17) (aged 50)
Providence, Rhode Island
Resting place North Burial Ground, Providence
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Eliza Howard
Alma mater Brown University
Known for Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island

Thomas Mackie Burgess (June 6, 1806 – October 17, 1856) served as second mayor of Providence, 1841–1852.

Early life[edit]

Burgess was born in Providence and graduated Brown University, class of 1822. After graduation, he began to study law, but abandoned this pursuit to become a successful merchant.[1]

Political career[edit]

When Providence became a city in 1832, Burgess was elected one of the original members of the Providence Common Council.[2] On the death of the first mayor, Samuel W. Bridgham, in February 1841, Burgess was elected his successor and re-elected annually until 1852.

He was mayor during the Dorr Rebellion (1841–42), a violent free-suffrage movement that promoted voting rights for all men regardless of property ownership. This was a turbulent time when Rhode Island had two separate governors vying to run the state concurrently.[2]

Railroad career[edit]

Burgess was president of the Providence, Warren and Bristol Railroad Company.[1] And/or he served as the President of the Boston and Providence Railroad Company.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Burgess enjoyed spending winters in Charleston, South Carolina, where he made many lifelong friends.[1]

He married Eliza Howard of Providence in 1831.[1]

Was paralyzed by stroke about two and a half years before his death, then died of a second stroke. He died at his residence, 108 South Main Street, Providence, October 17, 1856.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e The Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Rhode Island. Providence, RI: National Biographical Publishing Company. 1881. pp. 352–353. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Mayors of the City of Providence". City of Providence website. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  3. ^ Greene, Welcome Arnold (1886). The Providence Plantations for 250 Years. Providence, RI: J.A. & R.A. Reid. p. 103. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel W. Bridgham
Mayor of Providence
Succeeded by
Amos C. Barstow