William Austin Burt

William Austin Burt (/bɜrt/; 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.

Personal facts

William Austin Burt
Alias (AKA)
Hon. Wm. A. Burt W. A. Burt
Judge Burt
Birth dateJune 13, 1792
Birth nameWilliam Austin Burt
Birth place
Worcester Massachusetts
Date of deathAugust 18, 1858
Resting place
Detroit , Elmwood Cemetery (Detroit Michigan)
Known for
TitleFather of the typewriter


William Austin Burt on Wikipedia

External resources

  1. http://www.geo.msu.edu/geogmich/burt.htmL
  2. http://www.geo.msu.edu/geogmich/iron.html