R. E. Burt

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Robert Eugene Burt
Mayor of Dallas, Texas
In office
Preceded by Louis Blaylock
Succeeded by J. Waddy Tate
Personal details
Born (1862-10-01)October 1, 1862
Drew County, Arkansas
Died August 9, 1943 (1943 -08-09) (aged 79)
Houston, Texas
Resting place Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, Texas
Nationality  USA
Spouse(s) Mary Emma "Mamie" Boone
Children Robbie May Burt, Joseph Henry Burt
Occupation Oil
Religion Baptist

Robert E. Burt was president of the Dallas Oil Company in the early 20th century and the mayor of Dallas, Texas from 1927 to 1929.


Burt was born in Drew County, Arkansas on October 1, 1862 to James Henry Burt and Katherine Turrentine. He was the son of a school teacher who moved to Dallas as a young man. He worked in a clothing store, but moved to Beaumont, Texas when oil was discovered there. He became a prominent oil man in Houston. He returned to Dallas in the early 1920s. He became president of Atlantic and Gulf Petroleum Company.

Burt married Mamie E. Boone (1867–1949), daughter of Joseph Boone and Martha Price on 5 Sept 1888 in Dallas, Texas. They had two children. Burt was a devout Baptist and was the chairman of the executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He was President of the board of Mary Hardin-Baylor College and served on several other boards including: The Baptist Standard, Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Seminary.

Burt was elected Mayor of Dallas in 1927 on a non-partisan ticket. While in office, he instituted a city manager form of government and formulated a master plan for city improvements.

Burt refused to run for a second term as mayor and returned to Houston in 1935 where he died on August 9, 1943 at the age of 80 years.


  1. Passport #289226 issued May 18, 1923; Washington D.C.
  2. Obit: Dallas Morning News Aug. 10, 1943
  3. Census records:
    • 1930 Dallas, Dallas, TX; Roll T626-2315; ED. 57-37; Page 34A; Line 14
    • 1920 Houston, Harris, TX; Roll T625-1814; ED. 76; Page 6B; Line 61
    • 1910 Houston, Harris, TX; Roll T624-1559; ED. 76; Page 7B; Line 82
    • 1900 Dallas, Dallas, TX; Roll T623-1626; ED. 145; Page 17; Line 18
    • 1880 Grimes Co. TX; Roll T9-1307; Ed. 62; Page 13; Line 30
  4. Dallas county marriage index 1846 - 1963. (microfilm) Roll "B"
  5. Texas Dept. of Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Standard Certificate of Death. Robert Eugene Burt. No 37811
  6. Dallas City Directory, 1923, John F Worley Directory Co