William Evans BURNEY, Congress, CO (1893-1969)


BURNEY, William Evans, a Representative from Colorado; born in Hubbard, Hill County, Tex., September 11, 1893; attended the public schools in Texas and the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque; during the First World War served in the United States Navy; moved to Pueblo, Colo., in 1924 and engaged in the life insurance business until 1942; member of the Pueblo board of education 1937-1943; member of the United States Army Reserve Corps 1924-1942, serving in all grades up to major; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John A. Martin and served from November 5, 1940, to January 3, 1941; was not a candidate for election to the full term in the Seventy-seventh Congress; was called to active duty in the Army as a major in January 1942 and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in October 1942; returned to the United States from India and took command of Camp Ross in May 1945; left the service in December 1945 with the rank of colonel; resumed the life insurance business until his retirement; died in Denver, Colo., January 29, 1969; interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

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