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George William Burleigh circa 1913

William Bailey Howland, Henry Harvey Vivian, George William Burleigh, and John Aikman Stewart of the American Peace Centenary Committee circa 1913

George William Burleigh, Jr. (April 18, 1870 - March 15, 1940) was a director of the Lackawanna Steel Company and a Colonel in the New York National Guard who commanded the Ninth Coast Defense during World War I.[1][1][2]


He was born on April 18, 1870 in Somersworth, New Hampshire to George William Burleigh, Sr. (1830-1878) and Hannah Louise Bryant. He attended at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. He graduated from Princeton University in 1892.[3] He attended New York Law School and then married Isis Yturbide Stockton (1868-1945).[1]

In 1913 he was on the American Peace Centenary Committee.[1] By 1914 he was a director of the Lackawanna Steel Company.[1][4]

He replaced Colonel Edward Coleman Delafield to commanded the Ninth Coast Defense Command of the New York Guard during World War I.[1][5] He relinquished his command in 1919 to become the assistant Inspector General for the New York Guard.[3] He was awarded the Chevalier Legion d'Honneur by René Viviani on April 11, 1921. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross of the State of New York on June 4, 1921.[5]

He died on March 15, 1940 in New York City.[1]

His widow died in 1943.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Col. G.W. Burleigh, Civic Leader, Dies. Lawyer, Former Secretary of Steel Company, Succumbs in Sleep at Home at 67. Joined Army as Private. Commanded the Ninth Coast Defense in War and Met Military Missions Here". New York Times. March 16, 1940. Retrieved 2009-07-27. "Colonel George William Burleigh, lawyer and soldier and a leader in civic affairs, died in his sleep early yesterday in his home at 610 Park Avenue. He would have been 70 years old on April 18. He returned from a trip to Florida a week ago." 
  2. The Celebration of Peace Centennial. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Class of 1892. 1919. Retrieved 2013-04-03. "Resolved that we, the officers of the 9th Coast Defense Command, New York Guard, do hereby express to Colonel George W. Burleigh our deep regret at his relinquishing the command of this Regiment. ..." 
  4. Bulletin of the American Iron and Steel Institute. 1914. "Elected September 29, 1914: Burleigh, George W., New York City, Director, Lackawanna Steel Company" 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Alexander Ramsay Thompson (1922). "Colonel Burleigh Takes Command". The Minute Men of '17. Retrieved 2013-04-03. "Aide on Staff of Governor (in addition to other duties), February 1, 1921. Colonel, J. A. G's Dept., N. Y. N. G., date of rank, January 18, 1921. Chevalier, Legion d'Honneur (French Republic), April 11, 1921 (for services rendered with United States in civilian and military capacity — decoration conferred by M. Rene Viviani). Conspicuous Service Cross, N. Y. State. Commendatore, Crown of Italy, December, 1921. Member of Liberty Loan Committee, Red Cross Committees, officer who was designated by the War Work Council of Y. M. C. A. to establish a School of Instruction for its Overseas Secretaries; officer of N. Y. Guard on active duty for State at Washington, service on Aqueduct as inspector and detailed aide of the General commanding the Military forces of the State. Awarded by Republic of France the decoration of Chevalier, Legion d'Honneur, which was conferred by Monsieur Rene Viviani at N. Y. City, April ?, 1921; awarded by the Governor of New York the Conspicuous Service Cross of the State of N. Y., June 4, 1921. Awarded by Italy the Order of the Crown." 
  6. "Mrs. George W. Burleigh". March 2, 1943. Retrieved 2013-04-03. "[The] widow of Colonel George William Burleigh, died yesterday at her home, 610 Park Avenue, at the age of 74. ..." 

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