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Samuel Dickinson Burchard

  • Birth 6 Sep 1812 Steuben, Oneida County, New York, USA
  • Death 25 Sep 1891 Saratoga, Saratoga County, New York, USA
  • Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Plot Section 119, Lot 504
  • Memorial ID 28048572

Religious Leader. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he served as chancellor of Ingham University, and as president of Rutgers Female College. During the 1884 Presidential Campaign between Republican James Blaine and Democrat Grover Cleveland, while a minister in New York City, New York, Samuel Burchard gained renown for his attack on the Democratic Party that became to be known as the "Rum, Romanism and Rebellion" sermon. The sermon, which stated Democrats supported liquor ("rum"), Catholicism ("romanism") and the Confederacy in 1861 ("rebellion"), angered many New Yorkers, as it was seen as blatant hostility towards Catholics, especially Irish Catholics. The resulting backlash did cause many to switch their votes to Grover Cleveland, and Reverend Burchard's sermon is now thought of as having influenced James Blaine's defeat.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 28048572
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Dickinson Burchard (6 Sep 1812–25 Sep 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28048572, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .