Biography of John H. Burke
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

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JOHN H. BURKE.

HON. JOHN H. BURKE, Ballston Spa, was born in the town of Halfmoon, Saratoga county, N. Y., August 21, 1856, a son of Patrick and Ellen (Purcell) Burke, natives of county Waterford, Ireland, both of whom came to the United States about 1840, and settled in Mechanicville.

Mr. Burke was educated in the common schools and at the Mechanicville Academy, Fort Edward Collegiate Institute, and was graduated from Williams College in 1884. Although working his way through college he was twice honored by his classmates in being chosen Class President, once during the Sophomore year, and again Class Day President in the Senior year. He began the study of law in the office of LíAmoreaux, Dake & Whalen, in 1884, and was admitted to the bar in 1886. Just prior to his admission in the year 1886 he was nominated for member of assembly and was the first Democratic assemblyman elected from Saratoga county since 1878. At the expiration of his term he continued the practice of law in Mechanicville for three years. In 1891 he formed a partnership at Ballston Spa with John Person under the firm name of Burke & Person. In 1889 he was appointed Inspector in the Forest Commission of the State of New York, and continued in that capacity until 1895, hisduties being principally of a legal nature. Since 1895 he has devoted his entire time to the general practice of the law, giving special attention to tax questions and Adirondack tax titles, for which his service with the Forest Commission had especially fitted him.

In 1891 Mr. Burke married Minnie A., daughter of J. G. Christopher. He is one of the progressive men of his town, a Democrat in politics, and has served several terms as chairman of the Democratic County Committee; he takes an intelligent interest in educational and religious institutions, and has ever advanced the best interests of his town. In 1897 he was chosen to fill a vacancy in the Board of Directors of the Ballston Spa National Bank, occasioned by the death of Henry Knickerbocker, a connection which he still holds.


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