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Joseph Burns (March 11, 1800 – May 12, 1875) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Waynesboro, Virginia, Burns moved to Ohio with his parents, who settled in New Philadelphia in 1815, and near Coshocton, Coshocton County, in 1816. He attended the urban schools. He engaged in industrial pursuits. Auditor of Coshocton County 1821–1838. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1838–1840. County clerk 1843–1851. He served as a major general in the State militia.

Burns was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress. He engaged in the drug business in Coshocton, Ohio. Probate judge of Coshocton County. He died in Coshocton, Ohio, May 11, 1876. He was interred in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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