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William Macfunn Baird
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1817
Death: Oct. 19, 1872

s/o Samuel and Lydia Spencer Biddle Baird
married Harriet Holmes

Reading Eagle- Oct 27 1872

"The citizens of Reading were startled on Saturday evening by the announcement of the demise of William M. Baird, an influential and respected citizen of Reading, a member of the Bar, and one who was always regarded by his professional brethern as a frank, honest, and faithful in attention to business. Mr Baird was born on the 4th day of August, 1817, and is now in the 55th year of his age. He was the son of the late Samuel Baird, Esq., who was also a prominent member of the Reading Bar. His early education was obtained at the Reading schools, such as they were, before the present admirable FREE school System was adopted. He was a pupil, we take it for granted, of the Old Reading Academy, at the corner of 7th and Chestnut, and was prepared for college under the charge of Prof. Middelmiss, an eminant teacher in those days. He entered La Fayette College, Easton, in 1834, and after remaining there for some time , was transferred to Dickinson College, Carlisle, where he graduated in 1837, in the 20th year of his age. He subsequently attended a Law School at Carlisle, of noted state reputation, in charge of Judge Reed. In 1841 he was appointed to a clerkship under his uncle, Hon. Charles B Penrose, solicitor of the Treasury in Washington. Mr Baird was admitted to the Berks County Bar on the 12th of April, 1844. He was a notary public, a member of the Board of Directors of the Reading Library Company, a member of the Academy of Sciences at Philadelphia, a member of the Board of Directors of the Charles Evans Cemetery, a member of the Old Water Company, Mayor of the City of Reading, and was appointed by President Grant as Collector of Internal Revenue for this District.
Mr Baird was very kind in his bearing toward his fellow-man, very clear in statement of facts and fond of literature. He had the contidence of his fellow-citizens and his death, unexpected as it is to the public, for few knew of his severe illness, will be universally regretted.
He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss. His remains will be interred in the Charles Evans Cemetery tomorrow morning."

Harriet. the wife of William Baird, continued to live in Reading as late as 1889. She later moved with her daughter to Carlisle where her burial is given. There are tombstones for both William and Harriet there but thus far no record appears of his re-interrment. He will continue to be listed in this memorial at Charles Evans where he was first laid to rest and his remains lie in the area he served and loved. 
Family links: 
  Samuel Potts Baird (1787 - 1833)
  Lydia McFunn Biddle Baird (1797 - 1871)
  Harriet Holmes Baird (1822 - 1905)
  Mary Leaming Baird Stuart (1859 - 1935)*
  Lydia Spencer Baird (____ - 1876)**
  William McFunn Baird (1817 - 1872)*
  William Macfunn Baird (1817 - 1872)
  Samuel Baird (1821 - 1884)*
  Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823 - 1887)**
  Rebecca Potts Baird (1825 - 1907)*
  Mary Deborah Baird Biddle (1829 - 1900)*
*Calculated relationship
Charles Evans Cemetery
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Neil D Scheidt
Record added: Feb 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85115059


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