BURNES, James Nelson, a Representative from Missouri; born in Marion County, Ind., August
22, 1827; moved with his parents to Platte County, Mo., in 1837; attended the
common schools; was graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1853; was admitted
to the bar and commenced practice in Missouri; attorney of the district of
Missouri in 1856; judge of the court of common pleas 1868-1872; engaged in
banking and the construction of railroads; served as president of the Missouri
Valley Railroad Co.; principal owner and president of the St. Joseph Waterworks
Co.; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth
Congresses and served from March 4, 1883, until his death; had been reelected
to the Fifty-first Congress, but died in Washington, D.C. on January 23, 1889,
before the commencement of the congressional term; interment in Mount Mora
Cemetery, St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo.
BibliographyDeKnight, Edward W.
James Nelson Burnes, Late a Representative in Congress from Missouri:
His life, with a concise reproduction of his speeches and debates in
Congress. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1889.