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William Burleigh was a United States Representative from Maine. He was born in Northwood, New Hampshire, on October 24, 1785. He moved with his parents to Gilmanton, New Hampshire, in 1788 where he attended the common schools and taught for several years. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1815 and commenced practice in South Berwick, Maine.

He was elected as an Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican to the Eighteenth Congress and as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth, and Twentieth Congresses, and served from March 4, 1823, until his death in South Berwick on July 2, 1827. He served as chairman of Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury in the Nineteenth Congress. His interment was in Portland Street Cemetery.

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