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Edward R. Burke

Born: Nov 28, 1880

Death: Nov 4, 1968

Birthplace: Bon Homme County

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Edward R. Burke

Date of Birth : Nov 28, 1880
Date of Death : Nov 4, 1968
Birth Place : Bon Homme County

Edward Raymond Burke was a Nebraska Democratic Party politician. Burke moved to Sparta, Wisconsin with his parents and then Beloit, Wisconsin where he went to Beloit College. Burke graduated in 1906, moved to Chadron, Nebraska where he taught school until 1908. He graduated from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1911. Afterwards, he set up shop in Omaha, Nebraska. During the World War I he enlisted and served as a second lieutenant in the Air Service from 1917 to 1919. He served as the president of the board of education for Omaha from 1927 to 1930. He was elected to the Seventy-third Congress from Nebraska in 1933 and then ran for Senator from in 1934. Serving from January 3, 1935, to January 3, 1941, he chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Claims. He failed to be renominated for the seat in 1940, losing the Democratic primary to Governor Robert L. Cochran, who then lost the general election to Hugh A. Butler. He resumed his law practice in Omaha in 1941 and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1942 to serve as president of the Southern Coal Producers Association until 1947.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician

Also known as

  • Edward Burke
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