Robert Burns (representative)

Robert Burns (December 12, 1792 – June 26, 1866) was an American and a U.S. Representative from New Hampshire.

Robert Burns
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-Large district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837
Preceded byThomas Chandler
Succeeded bySamuel Cushman
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1792-12-12)December 12, 1792
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
DiedJune 26, 1866(1866-06-26) (aged 73)
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA
Resting placeTrinity Churchyard Cemetery, Trinity Church, Holderness
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA
Political partyJacksonian
Spouse(s)Mary Merril Burns
Almira Cox Burns
ChildrenSusan Burns Woodbury
William Burns
Mary B. Burns Weeks
Annie S. Burns Porter
Robert Burns
ParentsGeorge Burns
Anna Adams Burns
Alma materDartmouth Medical School

Early lifeEdit

Born in Hudson, New Hampshire, Burns moved with his parents in childhood to Rumney in Grafton County. He studied medicine with Dr. Ezra Bartlett in Warren, New Hampshire, taught school, then attended Dartmouth Medical School in 1815.


Burns returned to Warren to help with people hit with spotted fever and commenced the practice of medicine. He moved 20 miles south to Hebron in 1818 and continued the practice of his profession until 1835. He became a fellow of the New Hampshire Medical Society in 1824 and served as member of the New Hampshire Senate in 1831.

Elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses, Burns served as United States Representative for the state of New Hampshire from (March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837).[1] He continued the practice of medicine in Plymouth, New Hampshire, until his death.


Burns died in Plymouth on June 26, 1866 (age 73 years, 196 days). interred at the churchyard of Trinity Church, Holderness, New Hampshire.

Family lifeEdit

Son of George and Anna Adams Burns, he married Mary Merrill on November 6. 1816, and they had three children, Susan, William, and Mary B. After Mary's death on September 15, 1849, he married Almira Cox and they had two children, Annie S. and Robert.[2]


  1. ^ Stearns, Runnels, Ezra Scollay, Moses Thurston. History of Plymouth, New Hampshire: Vol. I. Narrative--vol. II. Genealogies, Volume 1. town, 1906 - Plymouth (N.H.). p. 471. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  2. ^ Furber, George Clarence (1905). History of Littleton, New Hampshire: Genealogy comp. by George C. Furber; revised and enlarged by Ezra S. Stearns. town, 1905. p. 94. Retrieved 2 July 2014. Robert Burns (1792 - 1866) Plymouth, New Hampshire,.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Chandler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire

Succeeded by
Samuel Cushman