Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Francis B. Burch (1918-1987)
MSA SC 3520-1526


Born Francis Boucher "Bill" Burch in Baltimore City, November 28, 1918. Son of L. Claude Burch and Constance Boucher.  Attended public and parochial schools in Baltimore; Loyola High School; Baltimore City College, 1937; Loyola College, 1941; Yale Law School, LL.B., 1943.  Admitted to the Maryland bar, 1943.  Roman Catholic.  Married Mary Patricia Howe; seven children.  Died in Towson, Baltimore County, June 1, 1987.

Specialized in corporate and tax law. Taught business law at Loyola College Evening School, 1945-57. Baltimore City Solicitor, 1961-63. Member, Baltimore City Board of Estimates. State Insurance Commissioner, 1965-66. Attorney General, 1966-78. Established the Consumer Protection Division, the first in the United States. The Anti-trust Division was also established during his tenure. Received the Wyman Award for Outstanding Attorney General in the United States in 1975.

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