Mr. Burr was
born December 11, 1815. In connection with his elder brother
Matthew, was for most of his life engaged in mercantile pursuits in
Hingham, and was an intelligent and honored citizen.He died at Hingham,
Jan. 13, 1866.
His taste for
horticulture, to which he devoted his leisure time, was highly cultivated,
and to his ripe old age he retained to a remarkable degree, a relish for
such pursuits, and was a fine example of the effect of the indulgence of
such tastes upon the mind and character.
unobtrusive manners and conversation attached to him many friends, and
gave a peculiar charm to his life and character.
While he was
an active laborer in the cause of horticulture, he conducted his business
affairs with caution and fidelity, and secured the measure of success
which such a course might be expected to yield.
One of is best
know works was a book entitled, "Field and Garden Vegetables of America."
First published in 1863, it remains a popular glimpse into the historical
past of many old vegetable varieties.