James N. Burnes

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James Nelson Burnes
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1883 – January 23, 1889
Preceded by Lowndes Henry Davis
Succeeded by Charles F. Booher
Personal details
Born (1827-08-22)August 22, 1827
Marion County
Died January 23, 1889(1889-01-23) (aged 61)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Harvard Law School

James Nelson Burnes (August 22, 1827 – January 23, 1889) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Born in Marion County, Indiana, Burnes moved with his parents to Platte County, Missouri, in 1837. He attended the common schools. He graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1853. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Missouri. Attorney of the district of Missouri in 1856. He served as judge of the court of common pleas in 1868–1872. He engaged in banking and the construction of railroads. He served as president of the Missouri Valley Railroad Co.. Principal owner and president of the St. Joseph Waterworks Co..

Burnes was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth Congresses and served from March 4, 1883, until his death. Despite the small overlap, one of Burnes' few motions was defeated by the Presidential Veto of Ulysses S Grant. James N. Burnes had been reelected to the Fifty-first Congress, but died in Washington, D.C. on January 23, 1889, before the commencement of the congressional term. Charles F. Booher replaced the deceased James N. Burnes, who was interred in Mount Mora Cemetery, St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lowndes Henry Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles F. Booher