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Laurence J. Burton
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by M. Blaine Peterson
Succeeded by K. Gunn McKay
Personal details
Born (1926-10-30)October 30, 1926
Ogden, Utah
Died November 27, 2002(2002-11-27) (aged 76)
Ogden, Utah
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janice Louise Shupe
Children 4
Alma mater Weber College
University of Utah
Utah State University
Occupation Public relations
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1945–46
Unit United States Navy Air Corps
Battles/wars World War II

Laurence Junior Burton (October 30, 1926 – November 27, 2002) was a U.S. Representative from Utah.

Born in Ogden, Utah, Burton graduated from Ogden High School in 1944. Enlisted in the United States Navy Air Corps and served from January 1945 to July 1946. He graduated from Weber College at Ogden, in 1948, from the University of Utah in 1951, and from Utah State University at Logan in 1956. Took postgraduate work at Georgetown and George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1957 and 1958. Public relations director and athletic manager at Weber College from 1948 to 1956. Regional director for American College Public Relations Association in 1954 and 1955. He was editor of National Junior College Athletic Association magazine from 1951 to 1961. Legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Henry Aldous Dixon in 1957 and 1958. He served as assistant professor of political science at Weber College from 1958 to 1960. Administrative assistant to Utah Governor George Dewey Clyde from 1960 to 1962. He served as delegate, Republican National Convention, 1968.

Burton was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1971). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1970, but was an unsuccessful nominee in 1970 to the United States Senate. He died aged 76 on November 27, 2002, in Ogden.

Burton was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

Party political offices
Preceded by
Ernest L. Wilkinson
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Utah
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Orrin Hatch
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
M. Blaine Peterson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
K. Gunn McKay

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