Robert E. Burke

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Robert Emmet Burke
United States Congressman
Texas 6th Congressional District
In office
March 4, 1897 – June 5, 1901
Preceded by Jo Abbott
Succeeded by Dudley Goodall Wooten
District Judge
14th Judicial District
In office
County Judge
Dallas County, Texas
In office
Dallas City Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1847-08-01)August 1, 1847
Died June 5, 1901(1901-06-05) (aged 53)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Greenwood Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary L. Henderson[1]
Children Robert E
Albert C
Profession Attorney
Religion Baptist
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Unit 10th Georgia Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War

Robert Emmet Burke (August 1, 1847 – June 5, 1901) was a U.S. Representative from Texas.

Early years[edit]

Robert Emmet Burke was born near Dadeville, Alabama, and attended nearby public schools. He moved to Jefferson, Texas, in 1866.

Military service[edit]

Burke enlisted as a private in Confederate States Army, Company D 10th Georgia Regiment before the age of sixteen and served throughout the Civil War.

Public service[edit]

Robert Emmet Burke studied law. He was admitted to the bar in November 1870 and commenced practice in Dallas, Texas, in 1871. He served as judge of Dallas County 1878–1888. He served as judge of the fourteenth judicial district of Texas 1888–1896.

Burke was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1897.


Robert Emmet Burke died in Dallas, Texas, June 5, 1901, and was interred in Greenwood Cemetery.


  • Burke, Robert Emmet (1898). Bankruptcy. Gov't Print. Off. ASIN: B0008AN6NA. 
  • Burke, Robert Emmet (1898). McKinley Prosperity ... Speech of Hon. R.E. Burke, of Texas, in the House ... February 3, 1898. Gov't Print. Off. ASIN: B0008AMY3I. 
  • Burke, Robert Emmet (1899). Fortifications appropriation bill;: Speech of Hon. R.E. Burke, of Texas, in the House of Representatives, Monday, February 27, 1899. ASIN: B0008APLEW. 
  • Burke, Robert Emmet (1898). Gold standard—Puerto Rico. Gov't Print. Off. ASIN: B00087Y6QE. 


  1. ^ Guttery, Ben (2008). Representing Texas: a Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas. BookSurge Publishing. p. 35. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4. 


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jo Abbott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Dudley Goodall Wooten

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.