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BURLISON, Bill D., a Representative from Missouri; born in Wardell, Pemiscot County, Mo., March 15, 1931; B.A., Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 1953; B.S., Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 1959; M.Ed. and LL.B., University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 1956; admitted to practice before United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Military Appeals, United States District Court, and all Missouri courts; president, Missouri Prosecuting Attorneys Association; assistant attorney general of Missouri, 1960-1962; prosecuting attorney, Cape Girardeau County, 1963-1969; Head General Courts-Martial Trial Counsel, Second Marine Division, United States Marine Corps.; instructor, Southeast Missouri State College; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1964; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-first and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1969-January 3, 1981); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate for Maryland state house of delegates in 1986 and 1990; member, Anne Arundel, Md. county council, 1998-2006; relocated to Advance, Mo.; unsuccessful candidate for Missouri state house of representatives in 2008, 2010, and 2014; died on March 17, 2019, in Wardell, Mo.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Joint Collection University of Missouri Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia and State Historical Society of Missouri Manuscripts

Columbia, MO
Papers: 1969-1981, 124 linear feet. The papers of Bill Burlison document his terms as a Democratic Representative from Missouri's 10th District.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Bill D. Burlison, Democratic Representative from Missouri. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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