BURGESS, Ebeneser

BURGESS, Ebenezer. Grafton, Vermont 26.6.1805 — Newton Centre, Mass. 1.1.1870. Rev. U.S. Missionary in India, a Scholar of Marathi, Sanskrit and Indian Astronomy. Educated at Amherst College and Andover Theological Seminary, ordained priest in 1839. Missionary in Western India in 1839-54 for American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, especially in Ahmednagar and Satara. Returned to America in 1854, he served in 1854-57 as an agent of his missionary society there. In 1857-67 he was minister in various places of Massachusetts: at Centerville, Barnstable, Dracut, Lanesville, Gloucester, and South Franklin. On a leave in 1846 married Abigail Moore (1813–1853) in Boston, two daughters. Not to be confused with another Rev. EB (1790–1870), who was campaigning for the foundation of Liberia.

Publications: Wrote text books in Marathi and revised the Marathi Bible.

Grammar of the Marathi Language. 8+182 p. Bombay 1854.

Translation of the Sûrya-Siddhânta, a text book of Hindu Astronomy. Ed. by W. D. Whitney. 355 p. 34 fig. = JAOS 6, 1860, 141-498.

– “On the Origin of the Lunar Division of the Zodiac, represented in the Nakshatra Systems of the Hindus”, JAOS 8, 1866, 309-334.

Sources: U.S.A. in Asia; wife in asteria.fivecolleges.edu/findaids/mountholyoke/mshm012.

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