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Below is a family biography included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1898.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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BURDETT T. BURLINGHAM, the present popular postmaster of McGraw, was born near Auburn, N. Y., May 23, 1861. He is a son of Truman A. and Mary E. (Brown) Burlingham. His grandparents were among the early pioneers that came from the New England States and settled in the town of Solon, Cortland County, N. Y.

Truman A. Burlingham was reared in the village of Solon, Cortland County, N. Y., where he became a farmer, moving later to a farm near Auburn, N. Y. Being inspired with patriotism, he enlisted in the 3d N. Y. Heavy Artillery, which was, during the war, stationed at Fortress Monroe. It was during his service at that point that he contracted a disease and died in the hospital. He married Mary E. Brown, and as a result of this union three children were born to them: Hattie, deceased; Charles A.; and Burdett T. Mrs. Burlingham still resides in the village.

Burdett T. Burlingham, who heads this personal history, received his primary education in the district schools and McGrawville Academy; later he attended the Albany Business College for a short time, after which he moved to the village of McGrawville and conducted a dining and lunch room until June 1, 1897, when he was appointed postmaster. He was the successful one of many candidates, which fact goes to prove his popularity in the community. He is now and has been for a number of years past the local representative of the Cortland Standard, the leading newspaper in the county. In politics he is an unswerving Republican, and has contributed much to his party’s success. He has given the patrons of his office a business administration, and they point with pride to the new office as a model one. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and has a large class of young men in the Bible School connected with that church.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published in 1898. 

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