1857 – 1950
Born, Sept 26, 1857, at Grand Falls, Victoria Co., N.B. Of Irish ancestry. Son of James Burgess, and his wife, Joanna Ryan. (James Burgess emigrated to New York from Carlow, Ireland, and later moved to Hampton, Kings Co., and subsequently to Grand Falls, where he settled permanently. He was a bridge mechanic, and constructed the first bridge at Grand Falls. Also established James Burgess & Sons Lumber Co.)
Educated at the Grand Falls Public School.
Located at Grand Falls, and engaged in the lumber business, as operator, manufacturer and shipper.
Married, Sept 4th, 1889, to Miss Adele Berube, dau of Magloire Berube, and his wife, Rose Levesque, farmer, Grand Falls, N.B., formerly of Riviere du Loup, P.Q.
First elected to the House of Assembly, as one of the members for Victoria Co., at the G.E. of Feb 28th, 1903. Re-elected at the G.E. of March 3rd, 1908, and sat until the dissolution of Parliament in 1912. At the G.E. of June, 1912, he was defeated, but was again elected at the G.E. of Feb 24th, 1917. He did not take his seat in the House in 1917, but resigned in favor of the Hon. W.E. Foster (q.v.), who was defeated in the constituency of St. John. He then retired from active politics.
He died, Jan 6th, 1950, at his residence, Grand Falls, N.B. aged 82 years. Survived by two sons and three daughters. Buried in the R.C. Cemetery of that place. Mrs. Burgess pre-deceased her husband, dying October 11th, 1937.
In Politics: a Liberal.
In Religion: a Roman Catholic.
MC1156 – Graves Papers