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Frank W. Burr

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Frank White Burr
Mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey
In office
Preceded byThomas Costa
Succeeded byEleanor Kieliszek
Personal details
Born(1906-01-07)January 7, 1906
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
DiedMay 4, 1992(1992-05-04) (aged 86)
Teaneck, New Jersey
EducationNew York University
New York University School of Law

Frank White Burr (January 7, 1906 – May 4, 1992) was the Mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey from 1970 to 1974. He was a an advocate for the Glenpointe development at the intersection of the New Jersey Turnpike (a portion of Interstate 95) and Interstate 80.


Burr was born in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey on January 7, 1906.[1]

He attended Hasbrouck Heights High School.[2] He graduated New York University and New York University School of Law and spent his entire professional life working for Chase Manhattan Bank.

Burr served as a trustee on the Teaneck Board of Education from 1955 to 1961 and was board president from 1956 to 1957. He was a member of the Township's Advisory Board on Community Relations from 1961 to 1967 and was its chairman when Teaneck became the first town in the nation where a white majority voluntarily voted for school integration.[1]

He opposed the 1972 New Jersey $650‐million transportation bond issue because it did not restore the closed West Shore Line railroad.[3]

He died on May 4, 1992 in Teaneck, New Jersey.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Burr was married to Marie Barnitt and had four children.[1] His son Frank worked as a portfolio manager at Alliance Capital,[4] and was also known for charity effort such as an affordable housing project in New York that remains active.[5] His grandson is rock drummer Matthew Burr.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 David Voreacos (May 5, 1992). "Frank Burr, Civic Leader, Former Mayor of Teaneck". The Bergen Record. Former Mayor Frank W. Burr, who was long active in civic and church affairs and was a prime mover behind the town's largest development project, died Monday. He was 86.
  2. Staff. "N. Y. U. Sophomore Wins Carnegie Scholarship; Annual MacDonald Oration prizes Awarded - University Debates Colgate on May 9.", The New York Times, May 4, 1925. Accessed October 30, 2017. "Leonardo R. Bercovici of the Morristown High School, Morristown, N. J., and Frank W. Burr of the Hasbrouck Heights High School, Hasbrouck Heights, N. J., won the $25 and $15 prizes, respectively, in the twelfth annual, McDonald oration contest for freshman held on Friday evening in the auditorium of Gould Memorial Library of New York University."
  3. "New Jersey". New York Times. October 13, 1972.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Wedding: Grace Potter and Matthew Burr". FishersIsland.net. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  5. "This Land Is Your Land / Affordable housing and even parks and office space are the potential benefits of community land trusts". Newsday. May 15, 2003. Retrieved 2016-09-28.

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