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  Burke, Edward R.
NameEdward R. Burke
Omaha, Nebraska , United States
Born November 28, 1880
DiedNovember 04, 1968 (87 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedRBH
Jun 26, 2015 07:07pm
InfoBorn 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.


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  04/09/1940 NE US Senate - D Primary Lost 41.58% (-16.84%)
  11/06/1934 NE US Senate Won 55.30% (+12.44%)
  08/14/1934 NE US Senate - D Primary Won 61.35% (+35.40%)
  11/08/1932 NE - District 02 Won 51.29% (+7.46%)
  11/04/1930 NE - District 02 Lost 49.38% (-1.24%)
US President National Vote - Nov 05, 1940 R Wendell L. Willkie
NE US President - Nov 05, 1940 R Wendell L. Willkie
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 18, 1937 NPA Reject