Saturday, May 20, 2017

William H. Burr: Genre Artist and Free Thinker

One of the first official court reporters hired after Edward F. Underhill’s groundbreaking law authorizing courts in New York City to appoint stenographers went into effect, William H. Burr, came to the profession after a seven-year stint trying to make a living as a portraitist and genre painter. After he retired from court reporting, he spent the last 39 years of his life exposing literary myths and attacking the Bible and Christianity.

Additional information about Burr and the origins of official court reporting in the U.S. can be found in Guardians of the Record, which can be purchased by clicking on its cover in the right hand column.

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