|3rd Lieutenant Governor Wisconsin|
January 5, 1852 – September 21, 1853 (death)
|Preceded by||Samuel W. Beall|
|Succeeded by||James T. Lewis|
May 31, 1820|
|Died||September 21, 1853
La Crosse, Wisconsin USA
|Resting place||Oak Grove Cemetery
La Crosse, Wisconsin
|Spouse(s)||Cordelia Esperson Burns|
|Children||Robert W. Burns|
Born in Dublin, Ireland on May 31, 1820, Burns came to New York in America with his family as an infant. In the fall of 1837 as a young man, he settled in Iowa County, Wisconsin where he engaged in lead mining.
In 1844 Burns was elected sheriff of Iowa County. Elected in 1846, he served in the Wisconsin territorial House of Representatives in 1847-1848 and became Assembly Speaker. He visited La Crosse in 2847. Later, in 1849 he served in the Wisconsin State Assembly. In 1850, he moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin,and took a position on the State Board of Public Works. He was the Chairman of the first LaCrosse Town Board, the Chairman of the first LaCrosse County Board and the first LaCrosse County Judge, while also engaging in the railroad industry.
Death and legacy
While visiting his brother-in-law in Lafayette County, Burns became ill of bilious fever recovered enough to travel home, and died of a relapse in La Crosse on September 21, 1853. He is interred at Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Burns Park in downtown La Crosse was named after him.
- Thwaites, Haines, Reuben Gold , Mary Elizabeth. Proceedings [of The] Annual Business Meeting, Volume 59 Publications, Publications. State Historical Society of Wisconsin., 1912. p. 214.
- "Timothy Burns". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- Burns, Timothy 1820 - 1853
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- Timothy Burns, La Crosse Republican and Leader, Mose Strong, September 20, 1871.
- Timothy Burns:Short-lived Settler left huge last memory, Myer Katz, La Crosse Tribune, November 8, 1981.
- Burns lite fire under young La Crosse, Reid Magney, La Crosse Tribune, March 4, 1998.
- Newspaper clippings courtesy of the La Crosse public library-archives.
- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Burns of Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Historical Society
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|Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
James T. Lewis