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PostSubject: Burnett married Mary   Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:08 pm

Henry Cornelius Burnett was born to Dr. Isaac and Martha F. (Garrett) Burnett on October 5, 1825 in Essex County, Virginia.[4][5] In his early childhood, he moved to Cadiz, Kentucky with his family.[5] He was educated in the common schools of the area and at an academy in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.[6] Following this, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1847, and commenced practice at Cadiz.[6] He was a member of the Cadiz Christian Church.[7]

On April 13, 1847, Burnett married Mary A. Terry, the daughter of a prominent Cadiz merchant.[4][8] They had four children: John, Emeline, Henry, and Terry (who died shortly after birth).[4] The younger Henry Burnett became a successful lawyer in Paducah and, later, Louisville.[9]

In the first election following the ratification of the Kentucky Constitution of 1850, Burnett was elected clerk of the circuit court of Trigg County, Kentucky over James E. Thompson.[10][11] He resigned in 1853 to run for Congress.[11] Later that year, he was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth Congress, succeeding Speaker of the House Linn Boyd.[5][10] He was re-elected to the three succeeding Congresses; during the Thirty-fifth Congress, he chaired the Committee of Enquiry regarding the sale of Fort Snelling and served on the Committee on the District of Columbia.[10]



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