J. W. Burns

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J. W. Burns
Born 16 June 1888(1888-06-16) [1]
Died 14 July 1962 (74) [1]
San Francisco, California
Field(s) Teaching
Known for Sasquatch
Spouse(s) Mary H. Burns

John W. Burns (June 16, 1888 - July 14, 1962) was a Canadian school teacher and Indian Agent, responsible for coining the term "Sasquatch" (anglicisation of the Halkomelem Salish "sásq’ets"), a product of his research into the legends of the local Salish tribes during his tenure at the Chehalis Reserve.


  • Teacher, Chehalis Reserve (1925-1941)
  • Teacher, Skwah Reserve (1941-45)
  • Relocated with his family to San Francisco, California (1945)

Selected Writings


  1. 1.0 1.1 "California, Death Index, 1940-1997," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VGRX-TQL : accessed 17 Sep 2014), John W Burns, b. 16 Jun 1888, d. 14 Jul 1962; citing Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.