SPALDING, Burleigh Folsom (1853-1934)

SPALDING, BURLEIGH FOLSOM, a Representative from North Dakota; born on a farm near Craftsbury, Orleans County, Vt., December 3, 1853; attended the Lyndon Literary Institute, Lyndon, Vt., and was graduated from Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., in 1877; studied law in Montpelier, Vt.; was admitted to the bar in 1880 and commenced practice in Fargo, Dak. (now North Dakota); superintendent of public instruction of Cass County, Dak., 1882-1884; member of the commission to relocate the capital of the Territory of Dakota and build the capitol in 1883; member of the North Dakota constitutional convention in 1889; chairman of the Republican State central committee of North Dakota 1892-1894 and of the Cass County Republican committee 1896-1898; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1901); did not seek renomination in 1900; elected to the Fifty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1905); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1904; appointed in 1907 and elected in 1908 an associate justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court; became chief justice in 1911 and served until 1915; resumed the practice of law in Fargo, N.Dak., in 1915; delegate to most Republican Territorial and State conventions 1888-1933; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1924; died in Fargo, N.Dak., March 17, 1934; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

North Dakota State University
North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies
Fargo, ND
Papers: 1924-1975, 11 items.
Reminiscences chiefly relating to North Dakota politics and Burleigh Folsom Spalding's activities as U.S. representative (1899-1901, 1903-1905), with the state Republican Party, and as North Dakota Supreme Court judge (1907-1914), as dictated to Mary Nowatski; donor correspondence; and newspaper clippings. No papers dated 1935-1959.


State Historical Society of North Dakota
State Archives
Bismarck, ND
Papers: 1840-1931, 3 feet.
The papers of Burleigh Folsom Spalding consist of an autobiography, correspondence, account books, autograph book containing signatures of delegates to the North Dakota Constitutional Convention, letterpress copy books, legal documents, poetry, speeches, and attorney dockets relating to law practice. The records relate primarily to Spalding's personal, business, and political activities. The collection includes the records of the Capital Commission, 1883-1886; the "Admission-As-A-Whole Commission," 1887; and a roster of North Dakota county political committee members, 1904. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the J. Dexter Peirce collection, 1795-1945, 0.25 foot.
Persons represented include Burleigh F. Spalding.

Papers: In the Walter Earnest Spokesfield papers, 1916-1929, 7 items.
Correspondents include Burleigh F. Spalding.

Papers: In the Erastus A. Williams papers, 1892-1923, 4 feet.
Correspondents include Burleigh F. Spalding.


University of North Dakota
Chester Fritz Library Department of Special Collections
Grand Forks, ND
Papers: 1890, ca. 1924.
Report (1890) of the Pinkerton Agency to the state legislature and biographical sketch.