Charles Burr Todd
He was born at Redding, Connecticut, educated at the common schools, and fitted for college, but failure of eyesight prevented him from entering. After teaching for some time, he devoted himself to literary pursuits, and contributed to American magazines.
In May 1877, Charles Burr Todd was appointed commissioner for erecting a monument on the 1778-1779 winter quarters of Gen. Israel Putnam's division of Continentals in Redding, Connecticut, which was authorized by act of the Connecticut legislature. He was instrumental in the creation of Putnam Memorial State Park. As a Redding resident and historian he was interested in preserving the site, which is now a state park dedicated to Putnam's encampment.
In 1903 Todd entered a Washington, D.C. police station, claiming that he had been poisoned and that detectives from New York City were pursuing him with the intent of killing him for magazine articles he had written a decade earlier and that offended certain prominent New Yorkers. He appeared otherwise sane but was nonetheless confined to an insane asylum for eight days, whereupon he was released.
His writings include:
- A General History of the Burr Family (1879; fourth edition, 1902)
- History of Redding, Conn. (1880; second edition, 1907)
- Life and letters of Joel Barlow (1886)
- The Story of Washington, the National Capitol (1889; 1897)
- The Chautauquan (1901)
- The story of the city of New York (1902)
- The true Aaron Burr (1902)
- The real Benedict Arnold (1903)
- In Olde Connecticut (1906)
- In Olde Massachusetts (1907)
- In Olde New York (1907)
- The Washington's Crossing Sketch Book (1914)
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- Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1889). "Todd, Charles Burr". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
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