Born deaf; attended the Petersburg Institute for the deaf until 1870. Worked as a clerk in a government department in St. Petersburg, then set up a section for the deaf in an orphanage in Novocherkassk, working there for 30 years. Wrote and published textbooks for the deaf. His brother, also deaf, was Aleksandr Andreevich Burmensky (q.v.).
Looking Back, p.114-115.