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Joseph Ralph Burton

Joseph BurtonPolitician. Republican. Born: November 16, 1852, Mitchell, Indiana.  Died: February 27, 1923, California. Served in U.S. Senate: March 4, 1901, to June 4, 1906.

Lawyer, newspaperman, legislator, and senator, Joseph R. Burton was born near Mitchell, Indiana, in November 1852. He removed to Kansas in 1878 and settled in Abilene. Burton entered the U. S. Senate in 1901, but was forced to resign before the end of his first term after being convicted of illegally using his influence. Burton returned to his Abilene newspaper business, but eventually left Kansas for California, where he died in 1923.

Entry: Burton, Joseph Ralph

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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