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Omar Truman Burleson
Omar Burleson.jpg
Omar Burleson, 1953 from Congressional Pictorial Directory
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 17th district
In office
January 3, 1947 – December 31, 1978
Preceded bySam M. Russell
Succeeded byCharles Stenholm
Personal details
Born(1906-03-19)March 19, 1906
Anson, Texas
DiedMay 14, 1991(1991-05-14) (aged 85)
Abilene, Texas
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materAbilene Christian College
Hardin-Simmons University
Cumberland University

Omar Truman Burleson (March 19, 1906 – May 14, 1991) was a U.S. Representative from Texas.

Born in Anson, the seat of Jones County, north of Abilene, Texas, Burleson attended the public schools and Abilene Christian College and Hardin-Simmons University, both in Abilene.

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 in the United States Navy from December 1942 to April 1946, with service in the South Pacific Theater.

Burleson was elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth Congress. He was reelected to the fifteen succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1947, until his resignation, December 31, 1978.

Statue of Omar Burleson at Jones County Courthouse in Anson, Texas
Statue of Omar Burleson at Jones County Courthouse in Anson, Texas

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.

He was not a candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress and was succeeded by fellow Democrat Charles Stenholm of Stamford, also in Jones County.

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.

External links


  • United States Congress. "Omar Burleson (id: B001111)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sam M. Russell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 17th congressional district

January 3, 1947 - December 31, 1978
Succeeded by
Charles W. Stenholm
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