Burnet Bay and Burnet Drive are named after David Burnet (pronounced burn-it)
Burnet was ad interim president of Texas March 17 to October 22, 1836
He purchased land from Nathaniel Lynch and built a home named Oakland on the north side of Burnet Bay 1832-58.
Came to Texas intent on setting up 2 steam mills
Named Chief Justice for the Department of the Brazos in June 1834
Was chased off of Morganís Point by General Santa Anna just prior to the Battle of San Jacinto
Burnet was very conservative in his politics.
He owned 4 slaves; 2 adults and 2 children and farmed 2 acres
He served as Vice President of Texas in 1838 and ran against Houston for President of Texas in 1841
In 1858, after the death of his wife Hannah, he retired from farming and moved to Galveston
After the Civil War, Burnet was urged to accept a U.S. Senate seat, but would not swear that he had not helped the Confederacy.
Much of the information on this page comes from the
excellent book 'The History of Baytown' available at