Edgar C. R. Burgess

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Edgar C. R. Burgess
Burgess in 1893
15th Secretary of State for Azania
In office
January 14, 1926 – November 20, 1927
President Lucas Morrison
Deputy John Armstrong
Preceded by Joseph Dunbar
Succeeded by Samuel Gaspard
Azanian Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
August 2, 1906 – January 14, 1907
President Henrietta Gallagher
Preceded by TBD
Succeeded by TBD
In office
January 14, 1897 – May 27, 1902
President Dominic Kane
Natanaël Poincaré
Preceded by TBD
Succeeded by TBD
Azanian Ambassador to Germany
In office
January 14, 1895 – January 14, 1897
President Dominic Kane
Preceded by TBD
Succeeded by TBD
Senator from New Georgia
In office
January 14, 1889 – January 14, 1895
Preceded by TBD
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Edgar Carter Reginald Burgess

(1858-03-17)March 17, 1858
Sandersville, Georgia, United States
Died November 20, 1927(1927-11-20) (aged 69)
Pardee, New Georgia, Azania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) TBD
Children TBD
Alma mater Arius University (B.A.)
Profession Politicianlawyerdiplomat
Religion Alithian

Edgar Carter Reginald Burgess (March 17, 1858 – November 20, 1927) was an Azanian politician, lawyer, and diplomat who served as the Secretary of State from 1926 till his death in 1927. Born a slave in the {{w|United States|former United States]], at the age of six Burgess and his family were freed by federal troops in 1864, after-which he and his family migrated to Azania in 1867 two years following the collapse of the United States. Burgess would play a prominent role in developing the country's foreign policy while serving as an ambassador in Europe and North America from 1897 to 1907, as well as found the prestigious Lincoln Law School in 1911, which would later be renamed to the Burgess Law School in his honor in 1931.

A heavy practitioner of Realpolitik, Burgess was responsible for steering Azanian foreign policy for throughout much of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, even serving as an foreign affairs advisor to the Federalist administrations from 1907 to 1919. He pioneered Azania's policy of détente with the European colonial powers in Africa, working to secure an image for Azania as a mutual partner rather than a regional African state blocking their colonization attempts of the continent's interior. While he was an adamant opponent of Marxist-Leninism which was spreading rapidly throughout the world, Burgess orchestrated the opening of relations with the Soviet Union in 1920, encouraging the federal government in Azania to recognize the USSR which it would in 1926.

Burgess would be appointed and confirmed as Azania's 15th Secretary of State in 1926 after his predecessor Joseph Dunbar was removed from the office by president Lucas Morrison for gross incompetence. In this capacity, Burgess would serve as a close political ally of Morrison and his aggressive foreign and domestic policies until the former's death in 1927. Today, much of Azania's foreign policy during the mid-20th century has been described by academics as "Burgessism", which was defined by its pragmatic approach to foreign affairs and dealings with rival powers. Having encouraged a policy of cooperation with other powerful nations while alive, Burgess' philosophy on foreign affairs has been lauded as giving Azania the political backing it needed to surviving as a sovereign state during the turn of the 19th century.

Early life and education[edit]

Legal career[edit]

Congressional career (1889–1895)[edit]

Foreign affairs career[edit]

Ambassador to Germany (1895–1897)[edit]

First ambassadorship to the United Kingdom (1897–1902)[edit]

Dean of Lincoln Law School (1902–1906)[edit]

Second ambassadorship to the United Kingdom (1906–1907)[edit]

Secretary of State (1926–1927)[edit]

Nomination and confirmation[edit]


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