Robert E. Burke

Robert Emmet Burke (August 1, 1847 – June 5, 1901) was a U.S. Representative from Texas.

Robert Emmet Burke
United States Congressman
Texas 6th Congressional District
In office
March 4, 1897 – June 5, 1901
Preceded byJo Abbott
Succeeded byDudley Goodall Wooten
District Judge
14th Judicial District
In office
County Judge
Dallas County, Texas
In office
Dallas City Council
In office
Personal details
Born(1847-08-01)August 1, 1847
DiedJune 5, 1901(1901-06-05) (aged 53)
Dallas, Texas
Resting placeGreenwood Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary L. Henderson[1]
ChildrenRobert E
Albert C
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Branch/service Confederate States Army
Unit10th Georgia Regiment
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Early yearsEdit

Robert Emmet Burke was born near Dadeville, Alabama, and attended nearby public schools. He moved to Jefferson, Texas, in 1866.

Military serviceEdit

Burke enlisted as a private in Confederate States Army, Company D 10th Georgia Regiment before the age of sixteen and served throughout the Civil War.

Public serviceEdit

Robert Emmet Burke studied law. He was admitted to the bar in November 1870 and commenced practice in Dallas, Texas, in 1871. He served as judge of Dallas County 1878–1888. He served as judge of the fourteenth judicial district of Texas 1888–1896.

Burke was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1897.


Robert Emmet Burke died in Dallas, Texas, June 5, 1901, and was interred in Greenwood Cemetery.


  • Burke, Robert Emmet (1898). Bankruptcy. Gov't Print. Off. ASIN: B0008AN6NA.
  • Burke, Robert Emmet (1898). McKinley Prosperity ... Speech of Hon. R.E. Burke, of Texas, in the House ... February 3, 1898. Gov't Print. Off. ASIN: B0008AMY3I.
  • Burke, Robert Emmet (1899). Fortifications appropriation bill;: Speech of Hon. R.E. Burke, of Texas, in the House of Representatives, Monday, February 27, 1899. ASIN: B0008APLEW.
  • Burke, Robert Emmet (1898). Gold standard—Puerto Rico. Gov't Print. Off. ASIN: B00087Y6QE.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Guttery, Ben (2008). Representing Texas: a Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas. BookSurge Publishing. p. 35. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website