Raymond H. Burke

Raymond Hugh Burke ( * November 4, 1881 in Nicholsville, Clermont County, Ohio; † August 18, 1954 in Hamilton, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1947 and 1949 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Raymond Burke attended the Jackson School. He then worked on a farm and at the city council, while he was simultaneously trained as a teacher. In 1899 and 1900 he was a teacher at the Pendleton School near Point Pleasant. Then he continued his own education 1900-1905 at the Oberlin Academy and Oberlin College. In 1906 he graduated from the University of Chicago. From 1906 to 1915 he was a member of the faculty of Miami University in Oxford. His subjects were geography, geology and music. Between 1918 and 1923 he worked as a personnel manager. After that, he was responsible for the finances of an automobile agency until 1926. Since 1926 to 1954 he served as Special Representative for an insurance company. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1928 and 1940 he was mayor of the city of Hamilton; 1942 to 1946 he was a member of the Senate of Ohio.

In the congressional elections of 1946, Burke was in the third electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrats Edward Joseph Gardner on 3 January 1947. Since he has not been confirmed in 1948, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1949. He was a member of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. During his time in Congress, the Cold War began.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Raymond Burke continued to work in the insurance industry. In the years 1949 and 1950 he lectured at Miami University. He died on August 18, 1954 in Hamilton, where he was also buried.