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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert J. Burdette  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1844 in Greensboro, Pennsylvania,

Died: 1914


-- Robert J. Burdette on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=robert+j.+burdette


Illinois Connection

Burdette received a secondary education in Peoria. During the Civil War he served as a private in the 47th Illinois infantry. In 1869, he became night editor of the Peoria Daily Transcript.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert J. Burdette wrote for newspapers and his humorous paragraphs soon began to be quoted in newspapers throughout the country. With the encouragement of his first wife, the former Caroline S. Garret of Peoria, he began speaking in public. Consequently, he made a number of successful lecture tours. His lecture, "The Rise and Fall of the Mustache," was delivered well over three thousand times during a 30-year period. He also wrote the poem "Orphan Born," as well as "My First Cigar". He was sometimes referred to as the Burlington Hawkeye Man. In 1884, he left the Hawkeye to replace Stanley Huntley as the staff humorist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He became a licensed minister of the Baptist church in 1897, and took charge of the Temple Baptist Church at Los Angeles, California, in 1903 until he retired in 1909.


Published Works

  • The Rise and Fall of the Mustache and Other Hawkeyetems. (Originally published in 1877), General Books, 2010
  • Hawkeyes, G.W. Carlton & Co., 1880
  • William Penn, 1644-1718 (Originally published in 1882), Forgotten Books Publishing, 2010
  • Innach Garden, and Other Comic Sketches, G. W. Carlton & Co., 1886
  • Chimes From a Jester's Bells; Stories and Sketches (Originally published in 1887) , Nabu Press, 2010
  • Old Time and Young Tom (Originally published in 1912), Kindle Edition, 2010
  • Greater Los Angeles & Southern California; Portraits & Personal Memoranda, Nabu Press, 2010


Selected Titles At Your Library

Chimes from a jester's bells.
ISBN: 1176543660. OCLC Number:

Nabu Press,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2010.