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BURNETT, John Lawson

1854–1919

Biography

BURNETT, John Lawson, a Representative from Alabama; born in Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County, Ala., January 20, 1854; attended the common schools of the county, Wesleyan Institute, Cave Spring, Ga., and the local high school at Gaylesville, Ala.; studied law and was graduated from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.; was admitted to the bar in Cherokee County, Ala., in 1876 and commenced practice in Gadsden; served in the State house of representatives in 1884; member of the State senate in 1886; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1899, until his death; chairman, Committee on Immigration and Naturalization (Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses); member of the United States Immigration Commission 1907-1910; died in Gadsden, Etowah County, Ala., May 13, 1919; interment in Forest Cemetery.

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Burnett, John L. The financial bill. Speech of Hon. John L. Burnett, of Alabama, in the House ... December 14, 1899. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1900.

------. Trade of Puerto Rico. Speech of Hon. John L. Burnett, of Alabama, in the House of Representatives, Friday, February 23, 1900. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1900.

Johnson, Timothy D. "Anti-War Sentiment and Representative John Lawson Burnett of Alabama." Alabama Review 39 (July 1986): 187-95.

United States. 66th Congress, 3d session, 1920-1921. John L. Burnett (late a Representative from Alabama). Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States, Sixty-sixth Congress. Proceedings in the House January 25, 1920. Proceedings in the Senate March 2, 1921. Prepared under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1922.

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