Horace Blois Burnham, June 22, 1869-February 22, 1870 (President)

MOLLUS-Mass RG112 Portraits 35 LTC Horace Blois Burnham JAG ca 1884 (600DPI)
Lieutenant Colonel Horace Blois Burnham, Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army, circa 1884
Image courtesy U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

Born September 10, 1824, probably in Columbia County, New York
Died April 10, 1894, in Henrico County

Appointed June 9, 1869, by the commander of the First Military District overseeing civilian government in Virginia during Reconstruction and began his service on June 22, 1869. Service terminated by the restoration of civilian rule in Virginia on January 26, 1870, and resolution of the General Assembly, approved by Governor Gilbert Walker on February 25, 1870.

Other judicial service:
Judge Advocate, U.S. Army, Washington DC, 1863-1866
Lawyer, Bureau of Military Justice, Washington DC, 1866-1867
Chief Judge Advocate, U.S. Army, Military District Number One, 1867
Judge, Richmond Hustings Court, 1867-1869
Judge Advocate, New Military Department of Virginia, 1870
Judge Advocate, Department of Texas, 1872
Judge Advocate, Department of the Platte, Omaha, 1872-1886 (deputy judge advocate, 1884-1886)


Studied law in eastern Pennsylvania

Professional career:
Private practice, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1841-1861

Military service:
Civil War (Union)

Further reading

J.J. Looney and the Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Burnham, Horace Blois (1824-1894), published November 26, 2013, in Encyclopedia Virginia, a publication of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in partnership with the Library of Virginia.