Joseph Burns (U.S. politician)

Joseph Burns ( born March 11, 1800 Waynesboro, Virginia; † May 12, 1875 in Coshocton, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1857 and 1859 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


1815 Joseph Burns came with his parents to New Philadelphia, Ohio. A year later the family settled near Coshocton. He attended the public schools of his respective home and worked in agriculture. At the same time he embarked on a political career. Between 1821 and 1838 he was auditor of the district administration in Coshocton County. He became a member of the Democratic Party. From 1838 to 1840 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio; 1843-1851 he held the office of the County Clerk. In the State militia he rose to major general.

In the congressional elections of 1856 Burns was in the 15th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William R. Sapp on March 4, 1857. Since he has not been confirmed in 1858, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1859. This was marked by the events leading up to the Civil War.

After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Joseph Burns worked in the pharmacy business in Coshocton. He also officiated in Coshocton County as restructuring judge. He died on 12 May 1875 in Coshocton, where he was also buried.