Edward Murray Burleson (1798 - 1851)

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Nicknames: "General Edward Burleson"
Birthplace: Buncombe, NC, USA
Death: Died in Austin, TX, USA
Occupation: Vice President of the Republic Of Texas with Sam Houston as The President, Vice President of Texas
Managed by: Gary Wayne Howell
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About Edward Murray Burleson

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbu40

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Burleson

Edward Burleson (December 15, 1798 – December 26, 1851) was a soldier, general, and statesman in the state of Missouri, the Republic of Texas, and later the U.S. state of Texas.

Early life


Known as the "Old Indian Fighter", Burleson was a veteran of the War of 1812 and had served in the Missouri and Texas militias. In October 1835 he was appointed a lieutenant colonel in the Texas army and served under Stephen F. Austin in the opening stages of the Texas Revolution. During the Siege of Béxar, Burleson served as the second-in-command to Gen. Austin, and in November, 1835 he was elected Major General of Texas Volunteers and took command of the Volunteer army besieging San Antonio de Béxar and received the surrender of Mexican general Martín Perfecto de Cos. In March, he was appointed a Colonel of Texas Regulars and led the First Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Runaway Scrape and at the Battle of San Jacinto.


Burleson continued to serve in the army after the war and was eventually promoted Brigadier General of Texas Regulars.


Political service


He served as vice president of the Republic of Texas in President Sam Houston's second term from 1841 to 1844. He was a Presidential candidate in the Texas Presidential Election of 1844, but was defeated by Anson Jones. Although he served under Sam Houston, the two despised each other.


Burleson was also involved in the Mexican-American War after Texas was annexed by the United States in 1846. Burleson and Governor James P. Henderson went to Monterrey, Nuevo León; Burleson was appointed senior aide-de-camp, held the rank of major, and served as a spy during the siege of Monterrey and at Buena Vista.


The location of his grave in Austin is in what later became the Texas State Cemetery.


Memorials

Burleson County, Texas, was named after him.

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Gen. Edward Burleson, VP of the Republic of Texas's Timeline

1798
December 15, 1798
Buncombe, NC, USA
1816
April 25, 1816
Age 17
Madison, AL, USA
1824
February 6, 1824
Age 25
Tipton, Tennessee
1826
November 30, 1826
Age 27
Tipton County Tennessee, USA
1830
September 20, 1830
Age 31
Tipton County, Tennessee, USA
1830
Age 31
1832
July 4, 1832
Age 33
Howard, Missouri
1835
October 1835
Age 36
TX, USA
November 1835
Age 36
TX, USA
1836
April 21, 1836
Age 37
Harris, TX, USA