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Edward Shippen Burd (1779–1848)


In January 1804 Bushrod Washington wrote Burd to inform him of political developments in Washington, D.C. 


Edward Shippen Burd, a grandson of Pennsylvania Chief Justice Edward Shippen, was born on Christmas Day 1779 in Philadelphia. A 1794 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he would serve two stints on that institution’s board. Burd supplemented his successful career as an attorney with ventures into real estate and various businesses. In 1810 he married watercolorist Eliza Howard Simms (17931860), with whom he donated to philanthropic projects such as St.


Edward Shippen Burd Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Burd Family Papers, Special Collections Department, University of Delaware, Newark.

Guide to the Burd-Shippen Family Papers, 17171898, ULS Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Rembrandt Peale, Portrait of Edward Shippen Burd of Philadelphia, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Suzanne Glover Lindsay, "The Canopy Tomb of Edward Shippen Burd," MAVCOR Journal, Volume 1, Number 1 (2017).

Louisville Daily Courier, 4 October 1848, page 2, column 2 (

Edward Shippen Burd at FamilySearch.