Joseph Burns (U.S. politician)

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Joseph Burns
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859
Preceded by William R. Sapp
Succeeded by William Helmick
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Coshocton County district
In office
December 3, 1838 – December 1, 1839
Preceded by James Matthews
F. W. Thornhill
Succeeded by James Ravencraft
In office
December 7, 1840 – December 5, 1841
Preceded by James Ravencraft
Succeeded by Jesse Meredith
Personal details
Born (1800-03-11)March 11, 1800
Waynesboro, Virginia
Died May 12, 1875(1875-05-12) (aged 75)
Coshocton, Ohio
Resting place Oak Ridge Cemetery
Political party Democratic

Joseph Burns (March 11, 1800 – May 12, 1875) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Waynesboro, Virginia, Burns moved to Ohio with his parents, who settled in New Philadelphia in 1815, and near Coshocton, Coshocton County, in 1816. He attended the urban schools. He engaged in industrial pursuits. Auditor of Coshocton County 1821–1838. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1838–1840. County clerk 1843–1851. He served as a major general in the State militia. He was a Presidential elector in 1848 for Cass/Butler.[1]

Burns was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress. He engaged in the drug business in Coshocton, Ohio. Probate judge of Coshocton County. He died in Coshocton, Ohio, May 11, 1876. He was interred in Oak Ridge Cemetery.


  1. ^ Taylor 1899 : 255

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William R. Sapp
United States Representative from Ohio's 15th congressional district
Succeeded by
William Helmick