Bürde, Samuel Gottlieb, was born Dec. 7, 1753, at Bresiau, where his father was keeper of St. Barbara's Church. After studying law at the University of Halle, he was (1776-78) tutor and superintendent of a charity school at Breslan. He then became private secretary to the Cabinet minister von Haugwitz, was for two years employed in the department of Forestry, and after being for some time secre¬tary to the department of Finance at Breslau, was appointed member of the Aulic Council and Director of Chancery at Berlin, where he d. April 28, 1831 (Koch, vi. 319-322; Allg. Deutsche Biographie, iii. 581-82. Fischer, ii. 432, says he died at Breslau).
As a hymn-writer he was by some of his contempo¬raries reckoned nearly equal to Gellert, by o… Go to person page >