BURNS, Joseph, (1800 - 1875)


BURNS, Joseph, a Representative from Ohio; born in Waynesboro, Augusta County, Va., March 11, 1800; moved to Ohio with his parents, who settled in New Philadelphia in 1815, and near Coshocton, Coshocton County, in 1816; attended the rural schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; auditor of Coshocton County 1821-1838; member of the State house of representatives 1838-1840; county clerk 1843-1851; served as a major general in the State militia; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; engaged in the drug business in Coshocton, Ohio; probate judge of Coshocton County; died in Coshocton, Ohio, May 12, 1875; interment in Oak Ridge Cemetery.