1758 – Burrows was born in Charleston, South Carolina on the 16th of January.
– He served in the American Revolutionary War with the state troops of South Carolina, but later become a citizen of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1798 – On the 12th of July, the day following the approval of an act of Congress establishing a permanent United States Marine Corps, President John Adams appointed him as Major Commandant of the newly created organization which consisted of 881 officers, noncommissioned officers, privates and musicians.
1800 – Major Burrows was promoted to lieutenant colonel on the 1st of May.
1804 – He demanded high standards of professional performance and personal conduct of his officers and these have become hallmarks of the Corps. Ill health forced his resignation on the 6th of March.
1805 – Lieutenant Colonel Burrows died in Washington on the 6th of March.