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General Information

Name:  Charles Pierce Burton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD Fiction

Born: 1862 in Anderson, Indiana


Illinois Connection

Burton moved to Aurora to live with his father when he was 12 years old. He wrote a column for the Aurora newspaper.

Biographical and Professional Information

Burton moved to Aurora, Illinois to live with his Father when he was 12. He later worked for his father's newspaper business first as a printer and then as a reporter. He also wrote essays and articles on serious business topics which were published in prestigious magazines like ''Harper’s''. His ''Bob's Hill'' books for boys were very popular. There were 12 in all. For a while, he moved to northwest Indiana, where he worked for newspapers in Valparaiso and Gary, Indiana. He was the editor of Earth Mover magazine for 20 years. Later, he developed an interest in many technical fields, and some of his later books are about mining and construction. He wrote a newspaper column for the Aurora newspaper and was in constant demand as a speaker.Charles Pierce Burton died in 1947 of heart disease at age 85. He is buried in Aurora, Illinois where he had lived most of his life.

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