Waller Thomas Burns

Waller Thomas Burns (January 14, 1858 – November 17, 1917) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Waller Thomas Burns
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
In office
April 22, 1902 – November 17, 1917
Appointed byTheodore Roosevelt
Preceded bySeat established by 32 Stat. 64
Succeeded byJoseph Chappell Hutcheson Jr.
Member of the Texas Senate
In office
1897-1901
Personal details
Born
Waller Thomas Burns

(1858-01-14)January 14, 1858
La Grange, Texas
DiedNovember 17, 1917(1917-11-17) (aged 59)
Laredo, Texas

CareerEdit

Born in La Grange, Texas, Burns was in the United States Customs Service before entering private practice in Galveston, Texas from 1882 to 1888. He became counsel to the Houston & Texas Central Railroad in 1888, and was a member of the Texas Senate from 1897 to 1901.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Burns was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt on April 12, 1902, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, to a new seat authorized by 32 Stat. 64.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 24, 1902,[2] and received his commission on April 22, 1902.[Note 1] His service terminated on November 17, 1917, due to his death in Laredo, Texas.[1]

NoteEdit

  1. ^ This is the date given by FJC Bio, but is clearly incorrect, as the commission date must be on or subsequent to the confirmation date. The Congressional Record for April 24, 1902, confirms the confirmation date as given by FJC Bio.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Waller Thomas Burns at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "Senate Congressional Record for April 24, 1902" (PDF). www.govinfo.gov. Government Printing Office. April 24, 1924. Retrieved March 31, 2019.

SourcesEdit

Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 32 Stat. 64
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
1902–1917
Succeeded by
Joseph Chappell Hutcheson Jr.