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George Burney George Burney
Full Name: George E. Burney
Date of birth: August 15, 1814
Date of death: February 18, 1878

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 28 Aug 6, 1866 - Feb 7, 1870 11th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)     Waco / McLennan Senate President Pro Tempore (11th)   Bosque, Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Ellis, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, McLennan, Runnels, Taylor
S 28 Nov 2, 1863 - Aug 6, 1866 10th (6)     Waco / McLennan   Bosque, Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Ellis, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, McLennan, Runnels, Taylor
S 28 Feb 2, 1863 - Nov 2, 1863 9th (7) (8) (9)     Waco / McLennan   Bosque, Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Ellis, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, McLennan, Runnels, Taylor
H 45 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th     Waco / McLennan   Bell, McLennan
H 37 Nov 5, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (10)     Waco / McLennan   Milam, Williamson
(1) 11th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, elected in the absence of the President and President Pro Tem 11/8/1866, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(2) 11th Legislature - 8/6/1866 (First Day), pp. 2, 4, all 33 Senate districts listed in roll call presenting credentials. "Upon calling the roll of Districts, the following Senators responded and presented their credentials." Senate Journal.
(3) Constitution of 1866, Article III, §§ 29, 30, retained the apportionment of 1860 for Senatorial districts. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(4) Entire Senate went up for reelection - Constitution of 1869, Article III, § 39. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
(5) Entire Senate went up for reelection in 1866 - "Thirty-three senators were elected to the Eleventh Legislature," p. 58. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(6) 10th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/3/1863, p. 1, listed as Senator elect, took oath. "...the roll of Senators was called when the following gentlemen Senators elect came forward, presented their credentials and took the oath prescribed by the Constitution, the same having been administered by Honorable R.T. Wheeler, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court." Senate Journal.
(7) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/12/1861, p. 42. Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - predecessor George B. Erath drew "the short term" (two years). Senate Journal.
(8) George Burney, sworn 2/2/1863, succeeded George B. Erath, resigned. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(9) 9th Legislature, 1st Called Session - Oath of office, 2/2/1863, p. 1. "The following gentlemen presented their credentials as Senators-elect from the respective districts to fill vacancies . . . " Senate Journal.
(10) Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette [Austin, Tex.], 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • Member roster, 11th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age in 1866. Senate Journal.
  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, 1st Called Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • BURNEY, GEORGE E. (1814-1878). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Other Resources
  • President of Waco Manufacturing Company mill, p. 45; investigation of burning of Brenham, p. 77. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. George Burney, 11th Legislature, By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 11th session composite photo of Senate members (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History). By the Austin Photograph Co., Prints and Photographs Collection, [identifier number: di_03923, di_03924], The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Committee Informationtop
    11th R.S. - 1866
    Burning of Brenham, Governor's Message and Accompanying Documents, Select  
    Burning of Brenham, Select  
    Claims and Accounts  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Indian Affairs  
    Manufacturing and Commerce  
    Misrepresentation of Senator Stell in Houston Telegraph Relating to Deceased Soldiers  
    Public Debt (Chair) 
    Public Lands  
    State Affairs  
    10th R.S. - 1863
    Frontier Defense and Protection  
    Indian Affairs (Chair) 
    Penitentiary  
    Private Land Claims  
    Revision of Rules (Chair) 
    9th R.S. - 1861
    Address to Soldiers in the Field (Co-Chair) 
    Agriculture  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    General Land Office (Chair) 
    Penitentiary  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Buildings  
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands (Chair) 
    Treasurer's Books  
    5th R.S. - 1853
    Indian Affairs  
    Private Land Claims No. 1 (Chair) 
    3rd R.S. - 1849
    Apportionment, Special  
    County Boundaries  
    Enrolled Bills (Chair) 
    Post Routes, Select  
    Private Land Claims (Chair) 
     

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