Born in Roxbury, New York, April 3, 1837; [died March 29, 1921].
Considered in his day the foremost naturalist of America, Mr.
Burroughs was also one of the foremost men of letters and had
the distinction of having been one of the first to recognize
and proclaim the genius of Walt
Whitman. As a naturalist Mr. Burroughs long maintained supremacy
in his field, and the many volumes which record his observations
are valuable not only for the accuracy of their information,
but for the philosophy deduced from a lifelong association with
nature. In poetry, he is chiefly known for the lyric "Waiting,"
written in his youth.