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BURLESON, ALFRED LA FAYETTE (1854–1936). Alfred La Fayette Burleson, legislator and farmer, son of James Burleson and Amanda (Van Dyke) Burleson, was born in La Grange, Fayette County, Texas, on September 29, 1854.

On December 24, 1871, Burleson married Mary Idella Elizabeth McElroy. They had eleven children: Thomas Ratliff, Ida Belle, John, James Calvin, Lena Mae, William Delvilor, Clyde Rufus, Thankful Nannie, Robert Lee, Alfred Marion, and Walter Davis. By 1880 Burleson had moved his family to Lavaca County and by 1900 had settled in Comanche County. He supported his family by farming.

In 1892 Burleson was elected to the Twenty-third Legislature as a Populist representing Comanche County. He served one term in the House of Representatives. While in office he sat on three committees: the Mining and Minerals Committee, the Privileges and Elections Committee, and the Public Debt Committee. He maintained a low profile in the Populist legislative delegation and introduced no bills during his term. Upon leaving public office, Burleson returned to his family and resumed a quiet life as a farmer.

By 1920 Burleson had moved with his wife to the city of Campo in Baca County, Colorado. The date of his final move back to Texas is unknown, but in 1936 he was a widower and died on February 11, 1936, in San Antonio from old age and complications from asthma. He was buried in San Fernando Cemetery #2 in San Antonio.


Journal of the House of Representatives Being the Regular Session of the Twenty-Third Legislature (Austin: Ben C. Jones & Company. 1893). Legislative Reference Library of Texas: A. Burleson (, accessed December 3, 2013.

Brooke Wibracht

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