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This cabinet card shows John Taylor Burris (1828- 1915). A lawyer from Iowa he migrated to the Kansas Territory in 1858 and settled in Olathe to practice law. As anti-slavery forces debated the future of the territory, Burris was chosen in 1859 as a delegate to the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention. He represented Johnson County. With the outbreak of the Civil War he served as a sergeant in Jim Lane's Frontier Guard and then received an appointment as U.S. district attorney in 1861. Burris resigned that position and mustered into the service as a lieutenant colonel in the Tenth Kansas Volunteer Infantry on July 24, 1861. At the close of the war he mustered out of service, on August 1865, as a colonel. Burris resumed his career as a public servant. He was elected as a Republican to the Kansas House of Representatives serving the Thirty-Second District of Johnson County. In 1866 Burris was elected speaker of the House of Representatives and also served as the president of the Republican State Convention in March 1868. From 1869-1901 he served as a judge for the Tenth District court. He lived and worked in Olathe for a number of years but passed away while visiting family in Los Angeles, California on December 04, 1915.

Date: Between 1866 and 1890

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Item Number: 457616
Call Number: B Burris, John *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 457616

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