Timothy Burns

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Timothy Burns
3rd Lieutenant Governor Wisconsin
In office
January 5, 1852 – September 21, 1853 (death)
Governor Leonard Farwell
Preceded by Samuel W. Beall
Succeeded by James T. Lewis
Personal details
Born (1820-05-31)May 31, 1820
Dublin, Ireland
Died September 21, 1853(1853-09-21) (aged 33)
La Crosse, Wisconsin USA
Resting place Oak Grove Cemetery
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Citizenship US
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cordelia Esperson Burns
Children Robert W. Burns
Profession Miner
Railroad Man

Timothy Burns (May 31, 1820 – September 21, 1853) was an American politician and the Democratic third Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin from 1851 until his death while in office in 1853.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

In 1851, he was elected as a Democrat and became the Wisconsin's third Lieutenant Governor under the State's second Governor, Leonard Farwell.

Death and legacy[edit]

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.[3]


  1. ^ Thwaites, Haines, Reuben Gold , Mary Elizabeth. Proceedings [of The] Annual Business Meeting, Volume 59 Publications, Publications. State Historical Society of Wisconsin., 1912. p. 214. 
  2. ^ "Timothy Burns". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Burns, Timothy 1820 - 1853

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Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Beall
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
James T. Lewis