Details for Walter Moses Burton

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5157008982


Marker Number 8982
Atlas Number 5157008982
Marker Title Walter Moses Burton
Index Entry Burton, Walter Moses
Address N. 2nd St.
City Richmond
County Fort Bend
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 232274
UTM Northing 3276015
Subject Codes African American topics; state official; law enforcement
Marker Year 1992
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location Morton Cemetery, W side N. 2nd St.. Marker is in SW section of the cemetery (Richmond Masonic Cemetery West).
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text (August 9, 1840 - June 4, 1913) Born a slave in North Carolina, Walter Moses Burton was brought to Texas about 1860. At the end of the Civil War, he purchased land from his former owner, Thomas B. Burton, from whom he had also learned to read and write. Walter Burton became a successful farmer and in 1869 was elected sheriff of Fort Bend County. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1873 and served four terms, representing Fort Bend, Wharton, Waller, and Austin counties. Retiring from the Senate in 1882, he returned to farming and remained active in local politics until his death. (1992)

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