John Anthony BURNS, Congress, HI (1909-1975)


BURNS, John Anthony, a Delegate from the Territory of Hawaii; born in Fort Assinneboine, Mont., March 30, 1909; resident of Hawaii since May 30, 1913; attended school in Honolulu and Kansas; attended the University of Hawaii in 1930 and 1931; police officer, city and county of Honolulu, 1934-1945; chairman, Traffic Safety Commission, city and county of Honolulu, 1950-1954; president of Burns & Co., Ltd., real-estate broker; Honolulu Civil Defense Administrator 1951-1955; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968; chairman of Honolulu County Democratic Committee 1948-1952; chairman of Territorial Democratic Central Committee, 1952-1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fifth and to the succeeding Congress when Hawaii became a State in the Union (January 3, 1957-August 21, 1959); unsuccessful candidate for election as Governor of the State of Hawaii in 1959; real-estate broker; elected Governor, State of Hawaii, in 1962, and reelected in 1966 and 1970; died in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 5, 1975; interment in Punchbowl National Cemetery.


Boylan, Dan, and T. Michael Holmes. John A. Burns: The Man and His Times. Honolulu: University of Hawaiâi Press, 2000.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present