The Road to Civil War

John C. Burch

(1 February, 1826 — 31 August, 1885) Burch was born in Boone County, Mo., studied law in Jefferson City and was admitted to the bar. Burch served as Deputy clerk of Cole County and Assistant Adutant General of Missouri. After moving to 1850, Burch worked in the mines until 1851. Subsequently, Burch was elected Clerk of the newly organized Trinity county, appointed District Attorney in 1853, served as a member of the State assemly in 1856, and served in the State senate from 1857 to 1859. Burch was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth congress and served from March 4th, 1859 to March 3rd, 1861. Burch resumed the practice of law in San Francisco, served as a Code Commissioner for four years, and declined candidacy for judge of the Supreme Court of Califrona. Burch died in San Francisco, Calif. in 1885. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

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