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Name: Burgoyne, George (1834-1923)


Historical Note:

George Burgoyne (1834-1923) was the first professional photographer to operate a studio in Manhattan, Kansas.1 Born in England, Burgoyne established residence in Kansas Territory in 1857. Two years later he founded his photographic studio, specializing in Carte de visite portraits. His business flourished for 31 years, until his retirement in 1890.2

The earliest extant views of Manhattan have been attributed to Burgoyne.

1"Early Days in Riley County." Manhattan Nationalist 29 November 1923.

2In 1890, he sold his studio to George F. Dewey and retired to a fruit farm that he owned in California. See "Reduction in Prices." Manhattan Mercury 5 June 1890 and "George Burgoyne has sold his photograph gallery." Manhattan Mercury 6 June 1890.

Sources:

"Death of George Burgoyne." The Manhattan Nationalist 26 April 1923.

"Early Days in Riley County." The Manhattan Nationalist 29 November 1923.

"George Burgoyne has sold his photograph gallery." The Manhattan Mercury 6 June 1890.

"Reduction in Prices." The Manhattan Mercury 5 June 1890.

U.S. Federal Census, 1860; 1870; 1880.

Note Author: K. Rylance





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