Albert Garrette Burns

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Albert Garrette Burns (March 10, 1888 - December 4, 1951) was president of the National Inventors Congress starting in 1931 and served till at least 1939.[1][2] He was known as the "Nation's Gadget Chief".[1]


He was born in California on March 10, 1888 to WIlliam F. Burns and Louise C. Ball.[3] He later invented a lock for Model T Fords. Other jobs included working in a tea and coffee store, directing a local chamber of commerce, running a wholesale business, as well as managing a sanitarium and a textile mill. He also invented and marketed a bread-slicer.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Gadgeteers Gather". Time magazine. June 19, 1939. Retrieved 2008-12-11. Very visible and very audible in Chicago last week was the Congress' beaming president, Albert Garrette Burns, who describes himself as "just 210 lbs. of happy harmony." ... 
  2. ^ "Happy Harmony". Time magazine. January 21, 1935. Retrieved 2008-12-11. Albert G. Burns of Oakland, Calif, was re-elected president of the Congress. It was Mr. Burns who last year revealed that a Clevelander named Antonio Longoria had invented a death-ray which killed rabbits, dogs & cats instantly. 
  3. ^ 1900 US Census for Alameda, California