General Edward Burleson’s Life in Early Texas Recognized by Descendants and the DRT
Members of the General Edward Burleson family were joined by members and leaders of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas at a special ceremony in Austin on December 15, 2015, in recognition of Burleson as one of the state’s early forefathers. The event included a wreath-laying ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery, an educational program by Dr. Burt Burleson at the Gallery of the Texas State Cemetery, and an open house and reception at the Republic of Texas Museum.
Burleson served as the third vice president of the Republic of Texas. When Texas was annexed into the United States, he was elected to the state Senate. Before his government service in Texas, he was a military commander during the Texas Revolution. Prior to his move to Texas, Burleson served in militias in Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee and fought in the War of 1812.
“General Burleson performed many honorable duties for Texas as a citizen, soldier and statesman,” said DRT President General Betty Edwards. “He was a leader in 32 battles, and he helped shape Texas into the great state that it has become. Perpetuating and honoring Texan founding fathers like Burleson is a large part of the DRT’s mission, and it’s something we are proud to do.”