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BURNEY, GEORGE E. (1814–1878). George E. Burney, politician, was born in Robertson County, Tennessee, on August 15, 1814. After moving in 1834 to Independence, Missouri, in 1836 to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for his health, and in 1842 to Carroll County, Arkansas, he settled in Cameron, Texas, in 1847. He married Sara A. Blair in Fayetteville in 1836. He was elected from Carroll County to the Arkansas legislature in 1842. In 1848 Burney was elected to the Third Texas Legislature from the Milam and Williamson district. In 1849 he introduced the bill that established McLennan, Bell, and Falls counties. He also introduced bills granting charters for the Waco Suspension Bridge, the Waco Tap Railroad, and the Waco Manufacturing Company. He settled at Waco in 1850 and was elected to the Fifth Legislature (1853) from the Waco district. He served in the Texas Senate during the Civil War years, 1862–66. He was the Senate member of the committee that investigated the burning of Brenham in 1866, conducted much of the investigation personally, and made active efforts to secure redress for the victims. Burney was president of the Waco Manufacturing Company. He was a Methodist. He died at his home near Waco on February 18, 1878.


John K. Strecker, "Chronicles of George Barnard," Baylor University Bulletin, September 1928. Waco Examiner and Patron, February 22, 1878.


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