Joseph H. Burks, Sr.

Full Name: Joseph H. Burks, Sr.
Other surnames: Burkes
Date of birth: 1807
Date of death: February 14, 1859

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 2 Nov 7, 1857 - Feb 14, 1859 7th (1) (2)     Clarksville / Red River   Red River
S 1 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th (3) (4) (5)     DeKalb / Bowie   Bowie, Red River
S 1 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (6) (7) (8)     DeKalb / Bowie   Bowie, Red River

(1) Burks of Red River, Baldwin of Harrison, and Ward of Cass and Titus took the oath of office on 11/7/1857, p. 57. House Journal.
(2) Democrat. Civilian and Gazette. Weekly. (Galveston, Texas), 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) Roster of members elect of the 5th Legislature, state elections, 1853. Texas State Gazette (Austin, Texas), 8/20/1853, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(4) 5th Legislature - Roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats, 11/7/1853, p. 2. Senate Journal.
(5) 5th Legislature - "In part due to the redistricting and the increase in the number of members, the returning senators found themselves a minority of six: James H. Armstrong, Joseph H. Burks, Rufus Doane, Hardin Hart, William T. Scott, and M.D.K. Taylor," pp. 241, 243. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(6) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(7) Col. Joseph H. Burks listed as candidate for Senator; Maj. James W. Sims and Andrew J. Titus for Legislature. The Northern Standard (Clarksville, Texas), 8/2/1851, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(8) 4th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators elect presented their credentials, qualified, and took their seats, 11/3/1851, pp. 3-4. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, Joseph H. Burks, age 46 (born circa 1807), native state Georgia, emigrated from Mississippi in 1845, farmer, postoffice DeKalb, Bowie County. House Journal.

Biographical Sketches

  • BURKS, JOSEPH H., SR. (1807-1859). Born "around 1807," died 2/14/1859. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, Joseph H. Burkes, Jr., History of Clarksville and Old Red River County, pp. 211-212. Relatives: Joseph H. Burkes, Sr. - father; Joseph H. Burkes, Jr. - son. Joseph H. Burkes, Sr. "served three terms in the State Senate . . . and one term in the lower house of the Legislature in 1859. He died during this term of service." HeritageQuest Online.
  • Biographical sketch, Hon. Joseph H. Burks, Jr. Relatives: Joseph H. Burks, Sr. - father; Joseph H. Burks, Jr. - son. F.A. Battey and Company, Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas: Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889, p. 135, crediting Fannin County Historical Commission. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Military Service Notes

  • "He served in the Florida war in 1836, as colonel of a regiment, raised in southern Georgia . . . ," in biographical sketch of son Hon. Joseph H. Burks. F.A. Battey and Company, Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas: Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889, p. 135, crediting Fannin County Historical Commission. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Committee Information top

7th R.S. - 1857
Indian Affairs  
Military Affairs  
Penitentiary  
5th R.S. - 1853
Engrossed Bills  
Militia (Chair) 
Penitentiary  
Privileges and Elections  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
4th R.S. - 1851
Apportionment  
Penitentiary  
Private Land Claims  
Public Lands  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  

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