Edward Burleson, Jr., early settler, soldier, and politician, son of Sarah (Owen) and Edward Burleson, was born in Tipton County, Tennessee, on November 26, 1826. The family moved to Bastrop County, Texas, in 1830 and to Hays County in 1848. During the Mexican War Burleson served with Benjamin McCulloch in the Texas Mounted Volunteers. In 1856–57, while serving in the Texas Rangers under John S. Ford, he rose in rank from lieutenant to major. During the Civil War he was a major in McCulloch's First Regiment of Mounted Rifles. Burleson was a delegate from the Twenty-first District to the Constitutional Convention of 1875 and served on the commission to locate the penitentiary in East Texas. He married Lucy Emma Kyle of Hays County and was the father of ten children. He died at the home of his sister in Austin on May 12, 1877, and was buried in the family cemetery near Kyle.