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Henry Cornelius Burnett was born to Dr. Isaac and Martha F. (Garrett) Burnett on October 5, 1825 in Essex County, Virginia. In his early childhood, he moved to Cadiz, Kentucky with his family. He was educated in the common schools of the area and at an academy in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Following this, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1847, and commenced practice at Cadiz. He was a member of the Cadiz Christian Church.
On April 13, 1847, Burnett married Mary A. Terry, the daughter of a prominent Cadiz merchant. They had four children: John, Emeline, Henry, and Terry (who died shortly after birth). The younger Henry Burnett became a successful lawyer in Paducah and, later, Louisville.
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. He resigned in 1853 to run for Congress. Later that year, he was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth Congress, succeeding Speaker of the House Linn Boyd. 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.Online Singlesantique collectables