Born April 9, 1856, in Polk County, Oregon, Albert Glenn Burnett (nephew of Peter H. Burnett, first governor of California) moved to California with his family when he was two years old. He attended Christian College in Santa Rosa and taught school in Sonoma County (principal of Healdsburg public school, and Petaluma grammar and high schools) for nearly 10 years while studying the law. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1887, settled in Santa Rosa, and the following year was elected District Attorney of Sonoma County. In 1896 he was elected Judge of the Superior Court of Sonoma County. On November 6, 1906, he was elected Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, where he served until his death in August 1923.