1819–1901

October 31, 1819, Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land.

October 8, 1901.

Greenwood Cemetery, Saint Al­bans, Ver­mont.

Alexander was the son of Thom­as Bur­gess, for many years a judge in Rhode Is­land, and Mary Mac­kle. Both his par­ents were na­tives of Ware­ham, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Alexander graduated from Brown University in 1838, from the General Theo­lo­gi­cal Seminary in 1841.

He became a deacon at St. John’s, Pro­vi­dence, Rhode island, in November 1842, and was ordained a priest at Grace Church, Pro­vi­dence, on All Saints’ Day, November 1, 1843. From that time until Eas­ter 1854, he was Rector of St. Mark’s, Au­gus­ta, Maine.

He then moved to Port­land, Maine, where he served as Rector of St. Luke’s, 1854–67. He then moved to New York and became Rector of St. John’s Brook­lyn, 1867–69.

From there he moved to Mas­sa­chu­setts, serving as Rector of Christ Church, Spring­field, December 1869, until becoming a bishop. He represented the di­o­ces­es of Maine, Long Is­land, and Mas­sa­chu­setts.

He was consecrated First Bishop of Quin­cy in Christ Church, Spring­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts, May 15, 1878. Upon the organization of the Pro­vince of Il­li­nois, comprising the three di­o­ces­es of Il­li­nois (later Chi­ca­go), Quin­cy and Spring­field, in the state of Il­li­nois, he was elected first Pri­mus of the province.

Burgess authored printed sermons, addresses, Sunday school question books, carols and hymns, and edited the memoir of his brother, Bi­shop George Bur­gess of Maine. He received the degree of S.T.D. from Brown Un­i­ver­si­ty in 1866, and from Ra­cine College, Wis­con­sin, in 1862.

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