BURTON, Hutchins Gordon (1782-1836)

BURTON, HUTCHINS GORDON, (nephew of Robert Burton), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Virginia in 1782; when three years of age his father died and he was sent to Granville County, where he was reared by his uncle, Col. Robert Burton; moved to Mecklenburg County, N.C., in 1803; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1806 and practiced; member of the State house of commons in 1809; elected attorney general of North Carolina in 1810 and served until his resignation in November 1816; moved to Halifax, N.C., in 1816, and again elected a member of the State house of commons in 1817; elected as a Republican to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses, as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress, and served from December 6, 1819, until March 23, 1824, when he resigned; Governor of North Carolina 1824-1827; resumed the practice of law in Halifax; was the host of General Lafayette when the latter visited Raleigh during his tour of the United States in 1825; died while on a visit to relatives in Iredell County, N.C., April 21, 1836; interment in Unity Churchyard, Beattys Ford, Lincoln County, N.C.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1809-1839, 59 items.
Family, political, and business papers of Hutchins Burton, including letters pertaining chiefly to North Carolina and national politics, including the 1824 presidential election, economic conditions, and horse racing. An unpublished description in is available in the library and online.


Dartmouth College Library
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1824, 2 pages.
A letter from Hutchins G. Burton to Daniel Webster written on June 17, 1824. In the letter, Hutchins Burton writes that Webster's speech on tariff had an effect on Jackson's bid for the presidency. Mr. Adams will get the vote if anything happens to Mr. Crawford.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Willie Person Mangum Papers, ca. 1771-1906, 5000 items.
Correspondents include Hutchins G. Burton. A finding aid is available in the library.