BURGESS, George Farmer, (1861 - 1919)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

BURGESS, George Farmer, a Representative from Texas; born in Wharton, Wharton County, Tex., September 21, 1861; attended the common schools; moved with his mother to Fayette County in 1880 and engaged in agricultural pursuits near Flatonia; was later employed as a clerk in a country store; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1882 and commenced practice in La Grange, Tex.; moved to Gonzales in 1884; prosecuting attorney of Gonzales County from 1886 to 1889, when he resigned; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1917); unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination of United States Senator in 1916; resumed the practice of law at Gonzales, Tex., where he died December 31, 1919; interment in the Masonic Cemetery.