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Lettie Lavilla Burlingame
Class of: 1886
 
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Death Of Miss Burlingame.  This Accomplished And Christian Lady, After A Few Months' Sickness, Passes Away At Her Home In This City, December 12, 1890.
 
[From the Republic and Sun.]
We are pained to have to announce this morning the death of Miss Lettie Lavilla Burlingame from brain disease, resulting from an attack of La-grippe contracted last winter, aged 31 years. Miss Burlingame died at her parents' home, 308 North Eastern Avenue. The summons came this morning at 4:35 o'clock and peacefully the spirit obeyed. Miss Burlingame was a lady of unexceptionally rare accomplishments. She had a future before her, had she lived to carry out the full realization of her ideas, that her family and friends may well be proud of. She was a lady in every meaning of that word. Her early education was gained in the schools of this city. She was a graduate of the High School; where she afterward taught two years in the same school, and one year in the Grammer department. She resigned her position to take up the study of Law in the office of Fithian & Avery, where she showed such remarkable aptitude for that which was to be her life work, that she was encouraged to finish her studies in the Law Department at Ann Arbor University, Michigan, from which place she graduated in the Class of '86, having closed her career there in bearing away the honors of Class Poet for that year.
 
She was at once admitted to the Bar of Michigan but after one year her heart turned to her old home in this city, and we find her soon afterward in possession of a large and remunerative clientage, with a rapidly growing acquaintance, receiving unstinted recognition by the entire Bar and the Judge of the Court.
 
So successful was she that she won every case entrusted to her, much to the surprise of the older attorneys who were not yet accustomed to seeing their profession invaded by a woman.
 
[From the News.]
In addition to carrying on her law practice Miss Burlingame devoted considerable time to the work of the W. C. T. U. and as president of the Equal Suffrage Association, besides literary work for other organizations of which she was a member. She was gifted with much ability as a writer in both prose and poetry. Some of her literary productions have been published and received highly favorable comment. Personally she was modest yet genial, and in striking out in a path new to our people, commanded the respect of all by refined and womanly methods.
 
[From the Joliet Press.]
Deceased was an ardent enthusiast in any cause that she espoused. Deceased was for temperance in all things, but not for a Prohibition third party, and her address in Werner hall is a record that will live longer, now that the earnest pleading voice is hushed, than had she lived to see national politics prostituted for personal ends. Her memory is sacred to all who knew her self-denying spirit and moral courage for her sex in an uneven, uphill fight. We are speaking from a personal knowledge of the deceased lady, who will be remembered as long as the Equal Suffrage Association exists, or when triumphant history records the efforts of the pioneers of the movement.
 
[From the Republic and Sun.]
But her desire and determination to stand among the foremost of pleaders was the overthrow of her not naturally robust health. And although she fought off the insiduous disease as heroically as she had hewn to the mark of her early years, she was forced to lay aside her textbooks, perfectly aware as she often expressed it, that her work was finished, and that her next great suit would be plead before the bar of Almighty God.
 
On the 22d of last May she returned to her home broken in health and spirits, and from that day steadily declined, the best medical skill obtainable in Joliet, Battle Creek, and the Geneva Sanitarium finding her nervous system so shattered that nothing but merely a soothing help to her death-bed could be given.
 
Her last appearance in public was in Plainfield, May 2nd, 1890, where she delivered a speech in behalf of the Women's Suffrage Association. She also addressed the women of the Illinois State Penitentiary the Sabbath but one before her last sickness. The Equal Suffrage Association, and the Will County Bar, extend their sympathy to the parents, and one sister, in this their hour of sorrow.
 
--From Lettie Lavilla Burlingame: her life pages, stories, poems and essays ..., Lettie Lavilla Burlingame, Olive C. Burlingame, 1895, pp. 384-6.
 
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Members of Class of 1886
Aldrich, Ralph Leonard
Ames, Michael Edward
Andrews, Stanley Corwin
Avery, Asahel George
Avery, Lincoln
Bannon, Patrick Joseph
Blakeley, Archibald Mechling
Boyd, Franklin Lord
Brady, George Andrew C.
Breck, John Irwin
Browning, Noah Harrison
Brunson, William Henry
Burlingame, Lettie Lavilla
Carlson, Charles Henry
Carpenter, Louis Grant
Clark, John Wharton
Clary, William Millian
Crawford, James Albert
Creveling, George Boyer
Cross, James Edmund
Crozier, Alfred Owen
Dimmitt, George Zophar
Doe, Alpheus Edwin
Dresbach, Charles
Driggs, Benjamin Woodbury
Dudley, Charles Henry
Durning, Francis Edward
Edgerton, John Meyers
Evans, Robert Emory
Farrar, Alfred Wallingford
Gallup, John Adam
Gardner, Leonard Burton
Garrigues, Edwin Clendenin
Gilbert, Henry Clarke
Gill, Joseph Buckner
Gillespie, John Wesley
Haff, Delbert James
Haggerty, William Henri
Hamble, Charles Brook
Hamilton, James William
Hartman, Elias Napoleon
Healy, Thomas Davis
Helmick, Ambrose Edgel
Hibner, George Everard
Higgins, Francis Grant
Hogg, Edward Everett
Hooper, Frank Lingle
Hostetter, Frank M.
Houder, Jacob Warren
Hull, Edward Everett
Humphrey, Charles Mark
Huntsberger, Isaac Newton
Ishi, Yasnoskeh
Jolly, James Gladstone
Kendall, Winthrop Reed
Kline, Charles Henry
Kraus, Milton
Lamison, Jason Gordon
Lawson, James Marshall
Lee, Roger Miller
Lufkin, Frank Nathaniel
Lukehart, George Alexander
Lydick, Harry Silvis
Marquardt, William Louis
Martin, James Charles
Mason, Norman Thickstun
Mason, William Luther
May, Calvin Dexter
May, William Arthur Frank
McDonald, William Archibald
McKenzie, John Webster
McMillan, Alonzo Bertram
McNamara, James
McNeil, Tom Henry
Meeker, Walter Scott
Merithew, Henry David
Merrill, Mary
Miller, Charles Frederick
Miller, Edward Charles
Miller, Volney
Moffit, John T.
Munn, George Ladd
Nieman, Henry William
Nye, Robert Allen
Oglesbee, Rollo Blakesley
Opsahl, John Michael
Overton, William Claiborne
Peele, Charles Edward
Pickens, Ruport Tarpley
Prewitt, George Gay
Rayner, Henry Saint
Rice, Charles Matloche
Richardson, Granville Addison
Richter, John Charles
Scouton, James Robinson
Searl, Kelly Stephen
Servis, Charles Edward
Shaw, John Clarence
Shepherd, Frederick Bemister
Shewmon, Allen
Shively, Benjamin Franklin
Smith, Brown Sylvester
Smith, Ezra Lawson
Smith, James Gabriel
Spears, William James
Stephens, Marlin Bingham
Stewart, Joseph Henderson
Sullivan, John Emmett
Talcott, William Harvey
Tarpenning, Oris Columbus
Walser, Zebulon Vance
Wendell, William Worth
White, Thomas Burchard
Wolfe, Augustus W.
Wright, Arthur Creighton
Wright, Francis
 
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