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Timothy Burns (May 31, 1820 – September 21, 1853) was Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin from 1851 until his death while in office in 1853, serving as a Democrat. Timothy Burns was born in Dublin, Ireland. As a young man, he settled in Iowa County, Wisconsin.

He was a lead miner, businessman, and was elected sheriff of Iowa County. Later, he was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly. In 1850, he moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he help developed the city. He died in La Crosse. Burns Park in downtown La Crosse was named after him.[1]

External links


  • Timothy Burns, La Crosse Republican and Leader, Mose Strong, September 20, 1871.
  • Timothy Burns:Short-lived Settler left huge last memory, Myer Katz, La Crosse Tribune, November 8, 1981.
  • Burns lite fire under young La Crosse, Reid Magney, La Crosse Tribune, March 4, 1998.
  • Newspaper clippings courtesy of the La Crosse public library-archives.
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Beall
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
James T. Lewis


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