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Tristam Burges

Born: Feb 26, 1770

Death: Oct 13, 1853

Birthplace: Rochester

Nationality: United States

Tristam Burges

Date of Birth : Feb 26, 1770
Date of Death : Oct 13, 1853
Birth Place : Rochester

Tristam Burges was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island, and great-great-uncle of Theodore Francis Green. Born in Rochester, Massachusetts, Burges attended the common schools. He studied medicine at a school in Wrentham. Upon the death of his father he abandoned the study of medicine. He was graduated from Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, in 1796. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1799 and commenced practice in Providence, Rhode Island. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1811 and was prominent as a member of the Federal Party. He was appointed chief justice of the supreme court of Rhode Island in May 1815. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the same in 1816. In 1815 Burges was named as professor of oratory and belles letters at Brown University; he taught lectures in rhetoric and oratory. He was dismissed from this position in 1830. Burges was elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses and elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first through the Twenty-third Congresses.

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