ROBERT J. BURDETTE HANDWRITTEN POEM SIGNED, "Robert J. Burdette, Office of 'The Hawkeye', Burlington, Iowa, April 12, 1880", 5 x 5, by American humorist "Hawkeye" columnist and clergyman. In Full: "As the years go by, - And you and I, Murmur and weep when we ought to laugh; -This page will show - How long ago - You got the "Hawkeye" autograph." Age toning, stain upper right, mounting remnants with minor show through, otherwise in fine condition.
Robert Jones Burdette (1844-1914) was an American humorist and clergyman who became noted through his paragraphs in the Burlington Hawkeye. He joined the staff of the Burlington Hawkeye in 1872, and his humorous paragraphs soon began to be quoted in newspapers throughout the country. With the encouragement of his first wife, the former Caroline S. Garret of Peoria, he began speaking in public. Consequently, he made a number of successful lecture tours. His lecture, "The Rise and Fall of the Mustache," was delivered well over three thousand times during a 30-year period. He also wrote the poem "Orphan Born," as well as "My First Cigar." He was sometimes referred to as the Burlington Hawkeye Man. In 1884, he left the Hawkeye to replace Stanley Huntley as the staff humorist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.