May 10, 1920 New York New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
Sep. 20, 2007 Keene Cheshire County New Hampshire, USA
Vermont Lieutenant Governor. He was a bomber navigator in the US Army Air Corps during World War II, served on active duty again during the Korean War, and attained the rank of Major in the Air Force Reserve. Burgess graduated from the University of Vermont, received a law degree from Northeastern University in 1949, and became an attorney. He served as Windham County State's Attorney from 1952 to 1957. He also served in numerous local government positions in Brattleboro, including Town Agent, Town Attorney and Justice of the Peace. He was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1966 and was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee before serving as Speaker. In 1970 Burgess was the successful Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor and served two terms, 1971 to 1975. He lost the 1974 Republican primary for the US House of Representatives, afterwards continuing to practice law.