ROBERT J. BURDETTE. Some personal characteristics of Mr. Burdette were quaintly given by himself in the following
words: "Politics? Republican after the strictest sect. Religion? Baptist. Personal appearanc? Below medium
height, and weigh one hundred and thirty five pounds, no shillings and no pence. Rich? Not enough to own a yacht.
Favorite reading? Poetry and history know Longfellow by heart, almost. Write for magizines? Have more declined
with thanks' letters than would fill a trunk. Never able to get into a magazine with a line. Care about it? Mad
as thunder, Think about starting a magazine and rejecting everbody's articles except my own." Mr. Burdette
was born at Greensborough, Pennsylvania, in 1844. He served through the war of the rebellion under General Banks
"on an excursion ticket" as he felicitously described it, "good both ways, conquering in one direction
and. running in the other, pay going on just the same." He entered into journalism by the gateway of New York
correspondence for the "Peoria Transcript," and in 1874 went. on the "Burlington Hawkeye" of
which he became the managing editor, and the work. that he did on this paper made both himself and the paper famous
in the world of humor. Mr. Burdette married in 1870, and his wife, whom he called "Her Little Serene Highness,"
was to him a, guiding light until the day of her death, and it was probably the unconscious pathos with which he
described her in his work that broke the barriers that had kept him out of the magazines and secured him the acceptance
of his "Confessions" by Lippincott some years ago, and brought him substantial fame and recognition in
the literary world.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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