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George Farmer BURGESS

(1861-1919)

BURGESS, George Farmer, a Representative from Texas; born in Wharton, Wharton County, Tex., September 21, 1861; attended the common schools; moved with his mother to Fayette County in 1880 and engaged in agricultural pursuits near Flatonia; was later employed as a clerk in a country store; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1882 and commenced practice in La Grange, Tex.; moved to Gonzales in 1884; prosecuting attorney of Gonzales County from 1886 to 1889, when he resigned; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1917); unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination of United States Senator in 1916; resumed the practice of law at Gonzales, Tex., where he died December 31, 1919; interment in the Masonic Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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