John Burnett (judge)

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John Burnett
24th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
In office
Preceded by Lafayette F. Moser
Succeeded by James F. Watson
Personal details
Born July 4, 1831
Died March 1890
Spouse(s) Martha Hinton

John Burnett (July 4, 1831 – March 1890) was an American judge in the state of Oregon. He was the 24th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. A native of Missouri, he also served as a county and circuit court judge in Oregon, and was elected to the Oregon State Senate.

Early life

Burnett was born on July 4, 1831 in the state of Missouri to Jane and Benjamin Burnett.[1] He was educated in Missouri before the family moved to California.[1]


Burnett then moved north to Oregon Territory in 1858.[1] The following year he married the former Martha Hinton and they settled in Benton County, Oregon where they raised seven children.[1] Burnett also studied law and began private law practice in 1860.[1]

Then in 1870 he was elected as judge in Benton County. Next, in 1874 he won election to the Oregon Supreme Court.[2] He left the state’s high court at the end of the term in 1876.[2] Burnett won election to the Oregon State Senate in 1878 as a Democrat from Benton County.[3] Then in 1882 Oregon Governor Thayer appointed Burnett to the Oregon circuit court for the 2nd district.[1] Burnett died in March 1890.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Oregon Blue Book: Supreme Court Justices of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on January 20, 2008.
  3. Oregon Legislative Assembly (10th) 1878 Regular Session. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on January 20, 2008.

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