Samuel Burr

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Samuel Hughson Burr (born September 24, 1919 in Birmingham; died January 9, 2007 in Birmingham) was a former mayor of Mountain Brook, and a partner in the law firm of Burr & Forman LLP from 1948 through the 1980s.

He was the son of Borden Burr and Nell Forman Burr. The elder Burr was a founder of the firm of Benners, Burr, Stokely & McKamy, which later became Burr & Forman.

Samuel Burr graduated from Ramsay High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alabama in 1941 and entered the Army, serving as a Captain in New Caledonia during World War II. After the war, he married the former Madeline Hilty and took her with him to New Haven, Connecticut while completing his law degree at Yale. He finished in 1948, at which time he joined his father's practice and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar.

He retired from active practice in the 1980s, but continued to serve the firm, and the Birmingham law community, as a practitioner and mentor well into his retirement. He was an active member at South Highland Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder and deacon. He was also a former president of the Birmingham Country Club.

Burr died on January 9, 2007 at the age of 87.

Preceded by:
David Hamilton
Mayor of Mountain Brook
Succeeded by:


  • "Longtime Birmingham attorney Samuel H. Burr dies at 87." (January 10, 2007) Birmingham Business Journal.
  • "Burr, Samuel Hughson." obituary. (January 11-12, 2007) Birmingham News.