COUNTIES: Centre, Tioga, Clearfield, McKean, Potter
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Judge Thomas Burnside, Sr. (Democratic-Republican10) Centre, Clearfield, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga Counties 1811-1815 (D13) Centre, Clearfield, Lycoming, McKean, Potter Counties 1823-1826
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Judge Thomas Burnside, Sr., born July 28, 1782, Newton Stewart, County Tyrone, Ireland, immigrated, United States with family, settled, Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1793; studied law; admitted, bar, 1804, commenced practice, Bellefonte Pennsylvania; married, Mary Fleming, 1807, (d.1813) children, James Burnside, Jane Burnside Mann, remarried, Eleanor Winter, 1814, children, Lucy W. Burnside, Frances A. Burnside Boal, Thomas Burnside, Jr.; appointed, deputy attorney general, 1809; Pennsylvania State Senate, 1811-1814; elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, 1815-1816, resigned; appointed, president judge, Luzerne district courts, 1816, resigned, 1819; Pennsylvania State Senate, 1823-1826; Speaker, Pennsylvania Senate 1825; unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania Senator, United States, 1825; president judge, fourth judicial district, 1826-1841 president judge, seventh judicial district, 1841-1845; appointed, associate justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1845-1851; died, March 25, 1851, Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Union Cemetery, Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania.
Studied law while convalescing from a broken leg due to a horse-fall, borrowing books for several months to acquire legal knowledge. Understudy, Honorable Robert Porter, Philadelphia, who sponsored him before the bar, admitted, 1804. Porter immediately accepted him as a law partner. Moved, Bellefonte, Centre County, opened a private practice.
Appointed, deputy attorney general, 1809.
Elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 10th district, Centre, Clearfield, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga Counties 1811-1815.
Appointed, president judge, Luzerne district courts, 1816, resigned, 1819.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 13th district, Centre, Clearfield, Lycoming, McKean, Potter Counties 1823-1826; Speaker, Pennsylvania Senate 1825.
President judge, fourth judicial district, 1826-1841, president judge, seventh judicial district, 1841-1845.
Appointed, associate justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1845-1851.
Continued Government Service/National Politics:
Elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, Fourteenth Congress, vacancy, death, David Bard, 1815-1816, resigned.
Unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania Senator of the United States, 1825; defeated by, Brigadier General William Marks, Esquire, Speaker of Senate of Pennsylvania, elected, 32nd ballot.
Son, Thomas, Jr., married, Rachel Cameron, daughter of Simon and Margaret Cameron.
Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
After 7 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Thomas Burnside Sr. went on to serve in congress