Thomas A. Burke

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Thomas Aloysius Burke
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
November 10, 1953 – December 2, 1954
Appointed byFrank Lausche
Preceded byRobert A. Taft
Succeeded byGeorge H. Bender
Personal details
Born(1898-10-30)October 30, 1898
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedDecember 5, 1971(1971-12-05) (aged 73)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materHoly Cross
Case Western Reserve

Thomas Aloysius Burke (October 30, 1898 – December 5, 1971) was an American Democratic Party politician from Ohio. He served as the 48th mayor of Cleveland, Ohio and in the United States Senate from November 10, 1953 until December 2, 1954. Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport is named after him.


Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Burke served in the U.S. Army before attending the College of the Holy Cross and Western Reserve University School of Law, now Case Western Reserve University. After serving in various capacities in the law offices of the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the state of Ohio, Burke was elected Mayor of Cleveland in 1945. In 1947 he worked to create an airport on the lake and Burke Lakefront Airport was dedicated in his name. He was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Governor Frank Lausche upon the death of Robert A. Taft. Burke lost a special election for the remainder of the term in late 1954 to George H. Bender by a very narrow margin. Bender in turn lost to Lausche in 1956.

Burke resumed the practice of law forming the influential Cleveland law firm of Burke, Haber and Berick (now McDonald Hopkins Burke and Haber).


Burke died of undisclosed causes on December 5, 1971, at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, where he'd been admitted the day before.[1] He was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.[2]


  1. ^ "Burke, 73, Dies". The Plain Dealer. December 6, 1971. pp. A1, A6.
  2. ^ "Death Notices". The Plain Dealer. December 7, 1971. p. D8.
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank J. Lausche
Mayor of Cleveland
Succeeded by
Anthony J. Celebrezze
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Robert A. Taft I
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Ohio
Served alongside: John W. Bricker
Succeeded by
George H. Bender