Tristram Burgess, 1770–1853

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Tristram Burges graduated from Brown University in 1796 and gained admittance to the Rhode Island Bar in 1799. In August of 1800 he was appointed to the Providence School Committee Advisory Baords. In 1801 Burges married Mary Arnold, the daughter of Welcome Arnold. Burges became a chief justice of Rhode Island in 1815 and a representative to Congress in 1825, a position he held until 1835. Source: Wendy A. Cooper and Tara L. Gleason, "A Different Rhode Island Block-and-Shell Story: Providence Provenances and Pitch-Pediments," in American Furniture, 1999 (Milwaukee, Wis.: Chipstone Foundation, 1999): 181.