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BURGES, Tristam, jurist, born in Rochester, Massachusetts, 26 February, 1770; died in Providence, Rhode Island, 13 October, 1853. He was graduated at Brown in 1796, and, while teaching school in Providence, studied law with Judge Barnes. In 1799 he was admitted to the Rhode Island bar, and soon rose to the head of his profession. He became a prominent leader of the federal party, and in 1811 entered the state legislature. In 1815 he was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, and from 1815 till 1828 was professor of oratory and belles-lettres in Brown university. He was elected in 1825 representative in congress, and served continuously until 3 March, 1835. In 1836 he was defeated as Whig candidate for governor, and then retired from public life, resuming his practice. His famous retort to John Randolph, of Virginia--"Moral monsters can not propagate; we rejoice that the father of lies can never become the father of liars "--made while a member of congress, is historical. He published orations and speeches, and also wrote the "Battle of Lake Erie, with Notices of Com. Elliott's Conduct" (Philadelphia, 1839). See "Memoirs of Tristam Burges," by H. L. Bowen (Providence, 1839). BURGESS, Alexander Mackinnon, Canadian journalist, born in Strathspey, Inverness-shire, Scotland, 21 October, 1850. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen, immigrated to Canada in 1871, and was editor and chief reporter of the debates of the Senate and House of Commons in 1876. In 1882 he was appointed secretary of the department of the interior, and on 1 July, 1883, was created deputy minister of the interior. Mr. Burgess was at one time a member of the staff of the Toronto "Globe," became editor of the Ottawa "Times" on 1 July, 1874, and subsequently owner of that paper, which he retained until 1876.
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