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Burritt, Elijah Hinsdale

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  • b. 20 Apr 1794 - d. 3 Jan 1838

Elijah was born on April 20, 1794 to a poor family in New Britain, Connecticut.
When he was of age he commenced his training as a blacksmith.
Subsequently to becoming injured, he turned to astronomy. He studied at Williams College and graduated in 1816.
His Geography of the Heavens was published from Hartford, Connecticut, in approximately 1833. The nomenclature he developed, regarding the stars and constellations, is still being used today.
He died on January 3, 1838 at Galveston, Texas.