San Francisco Mayor. A native of Rhode Island, Burr came to San Francisco in 1850 where he would open a store. In 1854 he helped establish California's first savings bank, the San Francisco Accumulating Fund Association, which he would later serve as president of from 1857 until 1879 after it became the Savings & Loan Society. A strong advocate for the cleaning up of San Francisco after the death of his son from disease, he gained the support of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee and was elected the 9th Mayor of San Francisco in 1856 serving until 1859. In 1861 he founded the San Francisco Fire Insurance Company and served as its president until 1866.
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