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William Henry Burr
Date: 1819–1908
Remarks: Burr graduated from college in Schenectady, New York, from which he also received a master of arts degree in 1846. Burr worked in New York City as a portraitist and genre painter and exhibited at the National Academy of Design fairly regularly from 1841 to 1859. His work was also exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1847 and at the American-Art Union in 1848. After studying stenography, Burr changed professions in 1854 and became a reporter. From 1861 to 1863 he was a reporter for the New York Superior Court, and from 1865 to 1869 he served as an official reporter on the Congressional Globe for the United States House of Representatives. Burr wrote a number of works on literary subjects and was a staunch advocate of the Baconian theory of Shakespeare's authorship.