Bio: I.H. Burney, s/o Judge H.M. Burney and Mary A. Tatum
I.H. BURNEY , Attorney-at-law, of the legal firm of Cowan and Burney, Reynolds Building, Ft. Worth, Tex., has the prestige that comes from practicing under the same firm name for more than twenty years in one of Texas' leading cities. This, with his native ability, has given him acquaintance and a large usefulness that is surpassed by none in his city today.
Mr. Burney is a native Texan, having been born on the banks of the Guadalupe River in Kerr County on April 16, 1859. His father, Judge H. M. Burney , was a well known pioneer Judge of Kerr County. His mother, Mary A. Tatum Burney , still lives to this day in the home where her lawyer son was born. He has six brothers one of whom, R. H. Burney , has been District Judge for a quarter of a century. Kerr County public schools started the youth's education. From Southwestern University, in 1880, he received his A. B. degree. In 1882, he graduated from the Law Department of Vanderbilt University. This same year he was admitted to the Bar in Tennessee, but instantly came to Texas where he began his practice at Colorado. Twelve years later, in 1892, he moved to San Antonio where he practiced as Mayfield, Ball & Burney for two years. In 1896, he located at Ft. Worth and has ever since practiced in this city under the firm name of Cowan & Burney. Mr. Burney's positions have been many. He was city attorney at Colorado; he has served as Special District Judge; he is Representative for the Matador Land & Cattle Co., for thirty years, with ranches covering 1,000,000 acres, for the Cattle Raisers Association of Texas for twenty years, Representative for the T. & P. Ry. while at Colorado, and is a director of the F. & M. National Bank of his own city. For one term he served on the Ft. Worth Park Board. He is a trustee of Texas Women's College, Ft. Worth, Texas.
In 1896, at Ft. Worth, Miss Belle L. Stonemets of Colorado, Texas, became the bride of Mr. Burney. They have no children. Mr. Burney is a Mason, a Knight Templar, a Knight of Pythias, and a member of the Rivercrest Country Club. He is a leader among the men of his profession.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Texas, compiled and edited by Ellis A. Davis and Edwin H. Grobe, published by Texas Development Bureau, Dallas, Texas, 1920; Pg. 607