Biography of Lorenzo Burrows
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Burrows, Lorenzo, was a native of Groton, Conn., born March 15, 1805, the son of Roswell and Jerusha Burrows, His father was a Baptist clergyman, and Lorenzo was given a good education at Plainfield, Conn., and Westerley, R. I. In 1824 at the age of about twenty, Lorenzo came to Albion, and was for about twelve years associated with his brother in mercantile pursuits. In 1839 the brothers established the Bank of Albion, Lorenzo being for several years cashier, but from that position he resigned and thereafter became an active factor in State and local politics. In 1844 he was nominated by the Henry Clay party to a position on the electoral ticket. In 1845 he was supervisor of Barre, and was also county treasurer. From 1849 to 1853 he was in Congress, and in 1855 he was elected State Comptroller, serving two years. In 1858 he was appointed to the State Board of Regents, continuing to the time of his death. He was among the first to take an active interest in providing the village of Albion with Mount Aibion Cemetery and at the erection of the cemetery commission in 1862, he was elected one of the commissioners, which office he held until the time of his death. Originally a Whig, he later in life became a Democrat. With all public enterprises Mr. Burrows was actively identified. He was an ear]y stockholder and director of the Niagara Railway Suspension Bridge Company, and a member of the International Bridge Board. He was also specially interested in education. May 11, 1830, Mr. Burrows married Louisa Lord, by whom he had six children: Emeline of Albion, Louisa, wife of Dr. McGregor; George L., of Saginaw, Mich.; Lorenzo, jr., of Albion; Julia A. and Ellen, both died in infancy. Lorenzo Burrows died March 6, 1883, and his wife September 30, 1883. He was an attendant at the Baptist Church, and his wife had an active membership in the society.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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