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Henry Cornelius Burnett (1825–1866) was a U.S. representative from
the state of Kentucky and a Confederate States senator. He represented
Kentucky's 1st congressional district during the lead-up to the Civil
War. This district contained the entire Jackson Purchase region of the
state, which was more sympathetic to the Confederate cause than any
other area of Kentucky. Burnett promised the voters of his district
that he would have President Abraham Lincoln arraigned for treason.
Besides championing the Southern cause in Congress, Burnett also worked
within Kentucky to bolster the state's support of the Confederacy. He
presided over a sovereignty convention in Russellville in 1861 that
formed a Confederate government for the state. The delegates to this
convention chose Burnett to travel to Richmond, Virginia to secure
Kentucky's admission to the Confederacy. Burnett also raised a
Confederate regiment at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and briefly served in
the Confederate States Army. Burnett's actions were deemed treasonable
by his colleagues in Congress, and he was expelled from the House in
1861. After the war, he was indicted for treason, but was never tried.
He returned to the practice of law, but died of cholera in 1866 at the
age of 40. (more...)
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