Born: December 2, 1866, Erie, Pennsylvania.
Died: September 12, 1949, Stamford, Connecticut.
Buried: Originally in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York; his family moved him to the Erie Cemetery, Erie, Pennsylvania, in the 1990’s.
Around 1892, Burleigh went to New York City and won a audition for a scholarship at the National Conservatory of Music, and began studying with Antonín Dvořák.
He sang baritone, but his real gift was in writing: He began composing around 1899, completing almost 300 works.:
Burleigh was one of the original members of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and joined its board of directors in 1941.