Collection on William Austin Burt.


Collection on William Austin Burt.

A collection of documents related to William Austin Burt and his inventions including: an offprint from the National Cyclopedia of American Biography; a biography written in 1920 by Horace Eldon Burt; History of the Solar Compass (1878) by John Burt; a newspaper article, "William Austin Burt, inventor of typewriter and solar compass on Honor's Roll in Hall of Fame"; and a claim against the U.S. for the use of the solar compass in the national survey.

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Burt, William Austin, 1792-1858 (person)

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, June 13, 1792; received a good education; was for some time an engineer in Erie, New York; came to Michigan, 1822; member of territorial council, 1826-27; settled in Washtenaw County, 1824; engaged in mill-building and local surveying, 1824-33; County surveyor, Macomb Co., 1831-34; Postmaster of Mt. Vernon for 24 years; invented solar compass; surveyed Upper Peninsula 1840-27; discovered 20 beds of iron ore, 1844-46; representative from Macomb County, 1853-1843;...