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Horace Harmon Burbank was born in Limerick, York County, Maine, October 27, 1837, and was the eldest son of Abner and Eliza Adams (Harmon) Burbank. His early education was ol)tained in the villap^e schools of his native town, and the academies at Limerick and Yarmouth. After the usual preparatory studies, he entered Bowdoin College, and graduated in the class of 1860. Among his classmates at Bowdoin were Hon. Thomas B. Reed, Hon. Joseph W. Symonds, General John M. Brown, Hon. W. W. Thomas, Hon. Amos L. Allen, and other well-known Maine men. After his graduation, he began the study of law with L. S. Moore of Limerick, And while reading law, he taught school, until August, 1862.
He then enlisted as a private in Company A, Twenty-Seventh Maine Infantry Volunteers, for nine months service. Three months after enlistment, he was promoted to quartermaster-sergeant. When his term of service was about to expire, in June, 1863, Lee's invasion alarmed the North, and he was one of the three hundred members of the Twenty-Seventh who voted to remain in the service after their period of enlistment terminated. He served until after the battle of Gettysburg, being discharged on July 17, 1863. Upon his return home, he entered Harvard Law School, intending to complete his legal studies. But his desire to return to the army was too strong to be overcome. And in March, 1864, he re-entered the service, being commissioned as First Lieutenant of Company A, of the Thirty-Second regiment of Maine Infantry Volunteers.
In the following May, he was promoted to the captaincy of Company K, of the same regiment. He went to the front with the first battalion, and participated in all of the battles from Spottsylvania to the Mine Explosion. In the last named, on July 30, 1864, he was taken prisoner, together with many other oflicers of his regiment. On the 5th of August he reached Columbia, S. C, and was confined in Richland County Jail, and was there held as a prisoner of war for four months. On December 5th, he with other prisoners, was transferred from the jail to Camp Asylum, an inclosure taken from the grounds of the State Insane Asylum at Columbia, for a prison-camp.
In February, 1865, he, with others, made their escape from prison, and succeeded in reaching Sherman's army. After having joined Sherman, Captain Burbank went through to Fayette ville with the army, and from thence, by consent of General Sherman, went to Wilmington on a gunboat, and thence to Fortress Monroe and Washington. During his imprisonment, the Thirty-Second regiment had been consolidated with the Thirty-First Maine, and he had been transferred to the captaincy of Company B, of the latter regiment. But he never assumed the command of that company, and, on May 15, 1865, was discharged by special order from the War Department, on account of disability.
Since his return to peaceful life, he has always manifested a lively interest in everything pertaining to the Civil War. At the first opportunity after being mustered out of the service, he became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. And he has srnce been a constant and efiicient worker for the welfare of the order. He is a Past Commander of his Post, and is now serving his nineteenth term as Post Quartermaster. He has also been Judge Advocate of the Department for two years. Junior Vice Department Commander one year, and in 1888, was elected Department Commander. He is also a member of the Maine Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion.
In the years 1876-78, he was Judge Advocate on the staff of Gov. Selden Connor, with the rank of Colonel. He is. also prominent in the Masonic fraternity, being a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, and Past Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Maine. In his chosen profession of the law, he has also won honors, having been County Attorney for York County five years, Register of Probate eight years, City Solicitor of Saco five years, and Judge of the Municipal Court of the city of Saco, since December 5, 1890, having been recently appointed for his fourth term. He is married, and has four children, two boys and two girls.