William Austin Burt

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William Austin Burt

Birthplace: Petersham, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Detroit, Michigan
Immediate Family:

Son of Alvin Burt and Wealthy Austin
Husband of Phoebe Cole
Father of Austin Burt
Brother of William Austin Bert

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About William Austin Burt

William Austin Burt (June 13, 1792 – August 18, 1858) was an American inventor, legislator, surveyor, and millwright. He was the inventor, maker and patentee of the first typewriter constructed in America. He is referred to as the "Father of the typewriter." Burt also invented the first workable solar compass, a solar use surveying instrument, and the equatorial sextant, a precision navigational aid to determine with one observation the location of a ship at sea.

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June 13, 1792
Petersham, Massachusetts
Age 26
August 15, 1858
Age 66
Detroit, Michigan