Stephen J. Burrows (1841-1919) was born in New York with parents born in New York and Virginia. During the Civil War, he served as a soldier, and was mustered out at Riker’s Island, New York Harbor at the age of 21. In the 1880s, he was a well-known Republican politician and resident of the Fifteenth Ward of Brooklyn. In 1883, he was nominated by The Young Republican Association for assembly in the Sixth Assembly District. He also served as the president of the Bushwick Co-operative Building and Loan Association until 1893, when he was accused for the discrepancies in the organization’s account and their methods of bookkeeping. Burrows was also known as an enthusiastic supporter of Seth Low, Mayor of Brooklyn from 1881 to 1885, as well as the President of Columbia University (1890-1901), and Mayor of New York City (1901-1903). According to the U.S. Census Record of 1900, he was widowed by the age of 59, and had one daughter and two sons. The youngest son was a mason. On November 29, 1919, Burrows died at his long-time residence, 236 Ainslie Street, at the age of 79.
United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. District 219, Sheet 3.
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‘Brooklyn Political Notes’ New York Times (Oct 31, 1883), New York: New York Times (1851-2007) w/Index (1851-1993) pg. 2.
‘Affairs in Brooklyn: Co-operative Men Fall Out’ New York Tribune (Mar 19, 1893), New York: The New York Tribune (1841-1922) pg. 20.
‘Citizen Raises Banner ‘ New York Tribune (Oct 18, 1903), New York: The New York Tribune (1841-1922) pg. A11.
United States of America, Bureau of the Census. op. cit.
‘Obituary’ New York Times (Dec 1, 1919), New York: New York Times (1851-2007) w/Index (1851-1993) pg. 15.