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Eleazer Burnham
Date: 1780 - 1867
Remarks: Burnham was the son of Asa Burnham and Lucy (Huntington) Burnham of Bennington, Vermont. Around 1798 he moved to Aurora, the first settlement in Cayuga County, New York. He studied law with Judge Walter Wood and was his legal partner from around 1804 until 1811. On July 29, 1807 he married Wood's daughter, Caroline Matilda. Burnham was county surrogate from 1811 to 1813 and from 1815 to 1820. He was deputy postmater from 1798 and succeeded his father-in-law as postmaster in 1811, a position he held until about 1822. He was collector of revenue at Aurora during the War of 1812 and represented his county in the assembly in 1826. He retired from practice around 1825. After his first wife's death, he married Urania Smith.