HALL C. BURLEIGH, fourth son of John and Anna Atwood Burleigh, was born December
13, 1826, on a farm in the town of Fairfield, about two miles north of the city of Waterville. He was educated
in the district schools and at Waterville Academy, now Coburn Classical Institute. With the exception of the limited
time spent in school, the years of his early life were spent upon the farm where he was born.
He commenced life without capital, and furnishes an example of what a man of courage, energy, and perseverance
may accomplish who is obliged to depend solely on his own efforts for success.
He was married, September 5, to Clarissa K., oldest daughter of Thomas L. and Sibyl Drummond Garland. Their children,
seven daughters and four sons, were all born in Fairfield. In 1881 they moved from Fairfield to Vassalboro, where
they have since resided.
Early in life Mr. Burleigh evinced a great interest in the improvement of farm stock, and commenced to buy and
breed blooded animals immediately upon attaining his majority. So marked was his success in this direction that
before 1860 his stock was seen in the show yards of the State. Prior to 1870 he had imported some of the finest
animals to be obtained in Canada, and his herds were known all over New England.
In 1879 he formed a partnership with the late Gov. J. R. Bodwell for the purpose of importing and breeding to a
larger extent than was ever before known in New England. Their eight importations, amounting to nearly one thousand
head of breeding animals, were all selected and purchased by Mr. Burleigh, from herds all over England, Scotland,
and Wales, so that he is probably better and more favorably known in those countries than any other American who
has visited their shores for the same purpose. As might be expected, with his ability in selecting and his skill
in breeding and fitting stock for exhibition, his animals have won more prizes in the show rings of the United
States than those of any other individual in America, and his sales from z88o to 1890 amounted to more than one
million dollars, the animals sold going into nearly every Northern, Western, and Southwestern State and all the
territories. It is safe to say that Mr.. Burleigh has done as much as any other man to bring the State of Maine
prominently before the people of North America and the British Isles.
Beside attending to a large personal business, Mr. Burleigh has served the public acceptably in various capacities.
He was a member of the Board of Selectmen and Assessors of Fairfield from 1877 to i88o inclusive. He represented
the town of Vassalboro in the Legislature of 1889-90. In 1891 he was appointed by Governor Burleigh a member of
the World's Fair Commission of Maine, and upon the organization of that body was chosen its President. Here he
worked with untiring zeal to make Maine's part in the great Exhibition a success. In March, 1892, he was appointed
a member of the Board of State Assessors, to which position he was elected by the Legislature of 1893. Mr. Burleigh
is a man of strong convictions, and has long made a study of the subject of taxation in his own and other countries,
and for this reason is peculiarly fitted to do good service for his State in this capacity.
He is a member of Neguemkeag Lodge, F. and A. M., and Dunlap R. A. C., and has been a member of the Patrons of
Husbandry since 1875. In politics Mr. Burleigh has always been a Republican.