John Lawson Burnett
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Alabama's 7th district
March 4, 1899 - May 13, 1919
|Milford W. Howard|
|Lilius B. Rainey|
|Born||January 20, 1854|
Cedar Bluff, Alabama
|Died||May 13, 1919 (aged 65)|
In 1876, he was admitted to the bar in Cherokee County, Alabama and commenced practice in Gadsden thereafter. He served in the State House of Representatives in 1884 and as member of the State senate in 1886.
He served as chairman of the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization (Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses). On April 5, 1917, John Lawson Burnett was one of the 50 representatives who voted against declaring war on Germany (World War I).
He served as member of the United States Immigration Commission 1907-1910. In 1907, Congressman John L. Burnett called Syrians "the most undesirable of the undesirable peoples of Asia Minor" Khater, Akram Fouad (2005). "Becoming "Syrian" in America: A Global Geography of Ethnicity and Nation". Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. 14 (2): 299-331. doi:10.1353/dsp.0.0010.
John L. Burnett died in Gadsden, Alabama, May 13, 1919 and was interred in Forest Cemetery.
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