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Charles Culp Burlingham: New York’s First Citizen

April 3, 2003
6:00 PM
St. George's Church

Though he held no elected office, attorney C.C. Burlingham wielded enormous influence with those who did, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt and NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. After gaining fame and financial independence defending the White Star Line following the sinking of the Titanic, Burlingham devoted himself to the civic realm. CCB, as he was known, often focused his efforts on city planning. It was he who struck the winning blow that saved Battery Park from Robert Moses’ Brooklyn-Battery Bridge. In addition to such causes as the advancement of women, was actively involved in St. George’s Church. Like so many heroes of preservation, Burlingham stands little acknowledged today for the remarkable legacy he leaves behind.

With a talk by George Martin, noted scholar and author of a biography on C.C. Burlingham, we move toward correcting that lapse. 

St. George's Church
209 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003

Above: C. C. Burlingham, 1937; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division