|Name||Edward R. Burke|
Omaha, Nebraska , United States
|| November 28, 1880
|Died||November 04, 1968
Jun 26, 2015 07:07pm
|Info||Born at Running Water, Bon Homme County, S.Dak., November 28, 1880; moved with his parents to Sparta, Monroe County, Wis., in 1880; educated in the public schools of Sparta, Wis.; moved to Beloit, Rock County, in 1902; was graduated from Beloit (Wis.) College in 1906; taught school in Chadron, Nebr., 1906-1908; was graduated from the law department of Harvard University in 1911; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Omaha, Nebr.; during the First World War enlisted and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Service 1917-1919; president of the board of education of Omaha 1927-1930; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third Congress (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1935); did not seek renomination in 1934 |
US Senate (D-NE) 1935-41. Chairman, Committee on Claims (Seventy-sixth Congress). Burke was unsettled by several New Deal programs, and by 1938 he was a vocal opponent of the New Deal.
Defeated for re-nomination to the US Senate in the 1940 primary.
Announced on 7/18/1940 that he would not support FDR's attempt to gain a third term as President, which he described as "fraught with peril to our free institutions" [NYT 7/19/1940].
Resumed the practice of law in Omaha, Nebr.; moved to Washington, D.C., in 1942 and served as president of Southern Coal Producers Association until 1947; Washington representative and general counsel for Hawaiian Statehood Commission until 1950; retired and resided in Kensington, Md., until his death there on November 4, 1968; interment in Fort Lincoln Mausoleum.