BURNS, John Anthony

BURNS, John Anthony
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1909–1975

Biography

BURNS, John Anthony, a Delegate from the Territory of Hawaii; born in Fort Assinneboine, Mont., March 30, 1909; resident of Hawaii since May 30, 1913; attended school in Honolulu and Kansas; attended the University of Hawaii in 1930 and 1931; police officer, city and county of Honolulu, 1934-1945; chairman, Traffic Safety Commission, city and county of Honolulu, 1950-1954; president of Burns & Co., Ltd., real-estate broker; Honolulu Civil Defense Administrator 1951-1955; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968; chairman of Honolulu County Democratic Committee 1948-1952; chairman of Territorial Democratic Central Committee, 1952-1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fifth and to the succeeding Congress when Hawaii became a State in the Union (January 3, 1957-August 21, 1959); unsuccessful candidate for election as Governor of the State of Hawaii in 1959; real-estate broker; elected Governor, State of Hawaii, in 1962, and reelected in 1966 and 1970; died in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 5, 1975; interment in Punchbowl National Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Hawai'i State Archives

Honolulu, HI
Oral History: 1975-1976, 11 interviews. The John A. Burns Oral History Project 1975-1976 contains interviews with John Burns, conducted Jan. 2-Feb. 12, 1975, by S. Brown, D. Boylan and P. Hooper. Also includes summaries of 30 interviews with Burns family members and political associates.

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Hamilton Library

Manoa, HI
Oral History: In the John Anthony Burns Oral History Collection The collection includes transcripts and audio cassette tapes of individuals interviewed about John Anthony Burns. Interviews also include some with John Anthony burns.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Commercial Archives, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Film reels: 1970, 1 film reel. Includes four commercials used during the campaign of John Anthony Burns for the 1970 gubernatorial election in Hawaii, Democratic Party.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Amalu, Sammy. Jack Burns: A Portrait in Transition. Honolulu: Mamalahoa Foundation, 1974.

Boylan, Dan, and T. Michael Holmes. John A. Burns: The Man and His Times. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2000.

Burns, Sheenagh M. "Jack Burns: A Daughter's Portrait." Hawaiian Journal of History 24 (1990): 163-83.

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