James Denson Burns

Full Name: James Denson Burns
Date of birth: August 18, 1884
Date of death: May 28, 1948

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 59 Jan 11, 1921 - Jan 9, 1923 37th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Mertens / Hill   Hill, Navarro
H 59 Jan 14, 1919 - Jan 11, 1921 36th   Democrat Mertens / Hill   Hill, Navarro

(1) MERTENS, TEXAS. "Mertens is at the intersection of Farm Road 308 and State Highway 22, thirteen miles east of Hillsboro in far eastern Hill County." Handbook of Texas Online.
(2) Hill County, p. 1; Mertens, Navarro County, p. 4. House Journal.
(3) Mertens, Hill County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Hillsboro. Texas Legislative Manual.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary and photo, J.D. Burns, "Burns Funeral Will Be Held This Morning," 5/29/1948, p. 3. Born 8/18/1884 in Edna, Texas; married Mattie Scott 7/3/1910 near Waco. "Mr. Burns was named flotorial representative from Hill and Navarro counties in the primary of 1918, and he and Mrs. Burns moved to Austin for the legislative terms in 1919. Mr. Burns was re-elected to the post, serving through 1922." San Angelo Standard-Times.
  • Memorial, October 1948, p. 562. Death date 6/3/1948. Texas Bar Journal.

Other Resources

  • James Denson Burns, birth date 8/18/1884; death date 5/28/1948 in San Angelo, Tom Green County; lawyer. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • James D. Burns, birth date 8/18/1884, death date 5/28/1948, burial in Rosemound Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County. Find a Grave.


  • Photograph. J. D. Burns, 37th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J. D. Burns, 36th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

37th R.S. - 1921
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Liquor Traffic  
Municipal and Private Corporations  
Privileges, Suffrage and Elections (Vice Chair) 
36th R.S. - 1919
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Engrossed Bills  
Municipal and Private Corporations  
Privileges, Suffrage and Elections  
Sanitary Conditions in Austin, Investigate  

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