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John Lawson Burnett

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John Lawson Burnett, American congressman. Member of the United States Immigration Commission, since 1907.

Background

Burnett, John Lawson was born on January 20, 1854 in Cedar Bluff, Alabama, United States. Son of William E. J. and Mary N. (Brandon) Burnett.

Education

Father died, 1858; mother supported him and his brothers by teaching until they were old enough to work. Worked on farm and in mines, going to school between crops. Studied law at Vanderbilt University.

Career

Was admitted to bar, 1876. Practiced in Gadsden, Alabama. Member Alabama House of Representatives, 1884, Senate, 1886.

Member 56th to 65th Congresses (1899-1919), 7th Alabama District. Chairman of Commission on Immigration and Naturalization.

Membership

Member of the United States Immigration Commission, since 1907.

Connections

Married Bettie Reader, December 13, 1886.

father:
William E. J. Burnett

mother:
Mary N. (Brandon) Burnett

spouse:
Bettie Reader