Bob Murphy, a visitor to our web site, writes:
interested in finding a source for information about
Horatio Burchard, who was appointed Director of the Mint
on Feb. 22nd, 1879. Thank you for your assistance."
Former NBS Board Member Pete Smith, author of "American
Numismatic Biographies", provided the following information:
"Horatio Chapin Burchard was born on September 22, 1825,
at Marshall, New York. In 1850 he graduated from Hamilton
College in New York. He went on to study law and was
admitted to the bar in 1852. He married Jane Lawver in May
His interests turned to politics and he was elected to the
Illinois State House of Representatives, serving from 1863
to 1866. On December 6, 1869, he took the seat in Congress
vacated by Elihu B. Washburn. Burchard was re-elected and
served until March 3, 1879.
President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed Burchard as Director
of the Mint and he served from February 1879 to June 1886.
He resigned to return to the practice of law.
Burchard was in charge of awards for mines and metallurgy
in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition. He was on the
Assay Commission in 1894, 1895, 1901 and 1903. He was a
census supervisor in 1900. Burchard died in Freeport,
Illinois, on May 14, 1908."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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