William Henry Burleigh

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Born: 12 February 1812

Died: 18 March 1871


Burleigh was an ac­tive re­form­er and mem­ber of the Un­i­tar­i­an de­nom­in­a­tion. In 1837, he went to Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia, where, hav­ing been pre­vi­ous­ly ap­pren­ticed in the print­ing trade, he pub­lished the Christ­ian Wit­ness and Tem­per­ance Ban­ner. In 1843, he be­came ed­it­or of the Christ­ian Free­man at Hart­ford, Con­nec­ti­cut. From 1849-1855, he was an agent of the New York State Tem­per­ance So­ci­e­ty. From 1855-1870, he was Har­bor­mas­ter in New York Ci­ty.

Burleigh con­trib­ut­ed po­ems and hymns to var­i­ous per­i­od­i­cals and jour­nals. Ma­ny of these were col­lect­ed and pub­lished as Po­ems (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: 1841). This vol­ume was en­larged with ad­di­tion­al piec­es and re­pub­lished by Bur­leigh’s wi­dow in 1871. (From the Cyber Hymnal)

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