The Civil Rights Act of 1875

Horatio C. Burchard

(September 22, 1825 — May 14, 1908) Horatio Chapin Burchard was an American politician and lawyer. Burchard was born in Marshall, New York in 1825 and moved to Illinois in 1854. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1850, after which he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1854. After moving to Freeport, Illinois, Burchard served in the State House of Representatives from 1863 to 1866. He was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Elihu Washburne during the Forty-First Congress. His overall service in Congress extended from December 6, 1869 to March 3, 1879. After 1879, Burchard served in many capacities including Director of the United States Mint (1879-1885), member of the commission to revise Illinois revenue laws (1885-1886), and head of the jury of awards of the mining department of the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago (1893). [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

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