Omar Truman Burleson
Omar Burleson, 1953 from Congressional Pictorial Directory
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 17th district
January 3, 1947 - December 31, 1978
|Sam M. Russell|
|Born||March 19, 1906|
|Died||May 14, 1991 (aged 85)|
|Alma mater||Abilene Christian College |
Burleson graduated in 1929 from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Gorman in Eastland County, Texas. County attorney of Jones County, Texas from 1931 to 1934.
He served as Jones County judge from 1934 to 1940. He was a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1940 and 1941. He was a secretary to U.S. Representative Sam Russell of Texas in 1941 and 1942 and general counsel for the Housing Authority in the District of Columbia in 1942.
He served as chairman of the Committee on House Administration (Eighty-fourth through Ninetieth Congresses), Joint Committee on the Library (Eighty-fourth through Ninetieth Congresses), Joint Committee on Printing (Eighty-fourth Congress).
He was one of the majority of the Texan delegation to decline to sign the 1956 Southern Manifesto opposing the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.
After his congressional years, he resided in Abilene until his death there on May 14, 1991. He is interred at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Anson.
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