Grand Army of the Republic
Samuel Swinfin Burdett
Commander-in-Chief
1885 / 1886



Samuel S. Burdett, the 14th Commmander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), was born February 21, 1836, in England. He came to this country in 1848. He enlisted in the 1st Iowa Cavalry and was promoted to First Lieutenant and then Captain.

In 1866, he became a member of the GAR and served as Department Commander of the Potomac in 1881-82. He was elected Commander-in-Chief in 1885. He served in Congress in 1868 and 1872 and in 1876 went to South America, but returned in 1878. In Washington he was a lawyer, working on land cases. He died in England September 24, 1915, where he had gone to visit his old family home.

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Source:
Final Journal of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1957. Compiled by Cora Gillis, Jamestown, New York, Past National President, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, Inc. and last National Secretary of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Submitted by:
Lorraine Orton, Past Department President
Woman's Relief Corps, Aux. to GAR
Camillus, New York
November 25, 1999


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