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Edward Burleson
Full Name: Edward Burleson
Date of birth: December 15, 1798
Date of death: December 26, 1851

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 21 Nov 3, 1851 - Dec 26, 1851 4th (1) (2) (3)     Unknown / Bastrop Senate President Pro Tempore (4th)   Gillespie, Hays, Travis
S 16 Nov 13, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (4) (5) (6)     Unknown / Bastrop Senate President Pro Tempore (3rd)   Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Travis
S 15 Feb 16, 1846 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (7) (8)   1st (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14)     Unknown / Bastrop Senate President Pro Tempore (2nd)
Senate President Pro Tempore (1st)  
Bastrop, Travis
(1) 4th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 11/10/1851, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(2) John S. Ford, sworn 1/20/1852, succeeded Edward Burleson, died 12/26/1851. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) 4th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/3/1851, p. 3. Included in "roll of Senators elected being called by Districts, the following gentlemen appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
(4) 3rd Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 12/20/1849, Regular Session; and 1st C.S. Senate Journal.
(5) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Jan. 16, 1850, 3rd Legislature, ch. 44, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(6) 3rd Legislature, Regular Session - Not present at the organization of the Senate. 11/13/1849, p. 114, "Mr. Burleson, Senator from the sixteenth Senatorial District, presented his credentials, took the oath of office and his seat." Senate Journal.
(7) 2nd Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 12/21/1847, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(8) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act approved Mar. 1848, 2nd Legislature, ch. 162, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(9) Table of members of the First Legislature lists party affiliation as Tyler Man, 5/20/1846, p. 3. Texas Democrat.
(10) 1st Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 2/16/1846, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(11) 2/17/1846 legislative canvass declared Nicholas H. Darnell Lt. Gov. and Pres. of the Senate, but tally was incomplete. Edward Burleson, elected pres. pro tempore 2/16, presided until a joint session 5/1 declared Horton the winner, and he was installed 5/2. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(12) 1st Legislature - 2/16/1846, p. 4. Listed in "roll of Senators being called by Districts, the following members appeared and took their seats...on motion of Mr. Grimes, the Senators came forward and took the oath prescribed by the Constitution." Senate Journal.
(13) 1st Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office and Classification of Senators, 3/3/1846, p. 60. Drew "second class" (4-year term). Senate Journal.
(14) Description of drawing of terms for Senators, first-class two-year terms and second-class four-year terms, 3/3/1846, p. 180. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 4th Legislature - Death of Edward Burleson, speeches, memorial resolutions, funeral service, 12/26/1851-12/27/1851, pp. 380-402. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • 4th Legislature - Death of Edward Burleson, speeches, memorial resolutions, funeral service, eulogy delivered by Guy Morrison Bryan, 12/26/1851-12/27/1851, pp. 215-229. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 58-59. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 135-136. Mentioned on p. 300 of biographical sketch of Colonel John S. Ford, pp. 299-303. Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • Photo and biographical sketch, Laura Burleson Negley. Birth date 11/7/1890. First woman elected to Texas Legislature from San Antonio. With Helen Moore, one of first two women to serve in the Legislature at the same time. Relatives: Edward Burleson - great-grandfather. Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923-1999, 2000.
  • Biographical sketch, as Senate president pro tempore, pp. 165-167; discussed throughout. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • BURLESON, EDWARD (1798-1851). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Texas Army, General, Texas Revolution. Detailed description of military service in the Texas Revolution and Republic, including: Lieutenant Colonel of infantry in Stephen F. Austin's army; General of volunteer army; Colonel of infantry, 1st Regiment in Battles of Gonzales and San Jacinto; Colonel of frontier rangers; Brigadier General of militia established by 1st Congress of the Republic of Texas. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Other Resources
  • Portrait, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Burleson, Edward. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Committee Informationtop
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Militia (Chair) 
    Privileges and Elections  
    State Affairs  
    3rd R.S. - 1849
    Claims and Accounts  
    Frontier Protection, to Confer with General George M. Brooke  
    Indian Affairs  
    Judicial Districts, Select  
    Military Affairs (Chair) 
    Penitentiary  
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Apportionment, Privileges and Elections  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Indian Affairs  
    Internal Improvements  
    Militia (Chair) 
     

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