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Maj Frederick Russell Burnham
Birth: May 11, 1861
Minnesota, USA
Death: Sep. 1, 1947
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA

Military Scout, Adventurer, Entrepreneur, Conservationist. As an American mercenary, Burnham served in the British Army as a military scout in Southern Africa (1893-1896, 1900-1904) during the Matabele War and the Second Boer War. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), the second highest decoration in the British Army. It was in Africa where Burnham met and taught scouting skills to Robert Baden-Powell, who would later go on to found the Boy Scout movement. Burnham and Baden-Powell remained lifelong friends. Following military service, Burnham traveled to Alaska during the Klondike gold rush as a prospector. He later led prospecting groups in East Africa and Arizona. In the 1920's, he formed an oil exploration company and successfully drilled wells and operated the Dominguez Hills oil field. He later purchased 5,000 acres near Three Rivers, CA, and pursued ranching. He helped establish wildlife parks and natural preserves in the United States and Africa, and promoted the idea of conservation long before it was fashionable to do so. In 1936, Burnham was awarded the Silver Buffalo, the highest award given by the Boy Scouts of America. Mt. Burnham, a peak in California's Angeles Natl. Forest, is named in honor of him and adjoins Mt. Baden-Powell. At the age of 86, he suffered a fatal stroke in his sleep at Santa Barbara, California, and his cremated remains were placed in the family plot at Three Rivers Cemetery, Three Rivers, California. (bio by: Brian H.) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Blanche Blick Burnham (1862 - 1939)*
 
 Children:
  Roderick Deane Burnham (1886 - 1976)*
  Nada Burnham (1894 - 1896)*
  Bruce Blick Burnham (1897 - 1905)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Three Rivers Cemetery
Three Rivers
Tulare County
California, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Brian H.
Record added: Oct 28, 2006
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