We are very proud of Burnet and hope that you will be, too. The pride starts with our namesake, Colonel Daniel Burnet, who had his roots in Union. Colonel Daniel Burnet was born on May 22,1788, and according to reports, was educated in the Township of Union. People thought of him as an honest man who did not seek fame, but nevertheless attained high status in military and public life. His family owned the original tract of land upon which the original Burnet Middle School was built.
During the American Revolution, the Burnet family was well represented. Colonel Burnet’s own enthusiasm for military affairs was evidence by his achievements in the local armed services. At the age of twenty-four Burnet was elected as an ensign in the New Jersey State Militia. Successively he advanced to lieutenant (1818), captain (1822), major (1828). His rapid military success was attributed to his patriotism, valor, conduct, and fidelity.
After his military service, Colonel Burnet was selected for important positions in the Township government. He brought to his offices the integrity, intelligence, and public spirit for which he was so respected. From 1832 to 1841 he was tax collector of the Township; he was also a trustee of the District School. He furthered his interest in education by establishing a scholarship fund at Rutgers University. In 1837, Daniel Burnet and his family joined the congregation of the Presbyterian Church at Connecticut Farms– an affiliation that was perpetuated by his descendants for many years. Colonel Burnet is a worthy mode of a good citizen.