1 J. Pat. Off. Soc'y 584 (1918-1919)
Edmund Burke, Commissioner of Patents 1845 to 1849

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EDMUND BURKE,
Commissioner of Patents, 1845 to 1849.
By N. J. BRUMBAUCH.
The second Commissioner of Patents was born at West-
minster, Vermont, January 23, 1809. He studied law and
was admitted to the bar in 1829, practicing at Newport,
New Hampshire. He established the New Hampshire
Argus and edited it for several years. He was elected as
a democrat to the 26th, 27th and 28th Congresses, 1839
to 1845. Appointed' Commissioner of Patents by Presi-
dent Polk May 5, 1.845, he served ably and faithfully in
this office until May 9, 1849, after which he became for a
brief period associate editor of the Union in Washington,
D. C., and later resumed the practice of law at Newport,
New Hampshire, and Boston, Massachusetts. His death
occurred at Newport, New Hampshire, in 1882.
At the beginning of his administration the examining
force consisted of two principal and two assistant exam-
iners, the principals being 'Charles G. Page and W. P. N.
Fitzgerald, and the classes of invention were twenty-two
in number.
In his first report to Congress, February 24, 1846, he
urged legislation authorizing the Chief Clerk to act as
Commissioner of Patents in the absence of the Commis-
sioner, giving the Commissioner power to enlarge the
claim of the patentee in a reissue, and reducing the fees
required of foreign inventors. The Republic of Texas
having become part of the United States, he urged Con-
gress to provide for the transfer of the records of the
Patent Office of Texas to this Office. This allusion to
Texas is interesting as showing the wisdom of the found-
ers of that great state in their appreciation of inventions
and inventors.
In the report for 1846, the Commissioner says: The
operations of this Office during the past year prove, as
the circle of every year proves, that the inventor is ever
the benefactor of his race. His genius bestows its favors
on all. The manufacturer, the mechanic, the agricultur-
ist, the merchant, all are the recipients of the benefits
which are ever flowing from his toils, energies, and some-

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