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Charles Edwin Wilbour
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1833
Little Compton
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Dec. 17, 1896
Paris, France

Egyptologist, Author, Industrialist
Charles Edwin Wilbour entered Brown University, where he showed proficiency for ancient and modern languages, but due to ill health, he did not graduate. Recovering his health, he moved to New York City in 1854 and became a reporter for the Tribune. He also studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1859. He continued with his literary and journalistic work for the next several years, publishing translations of "Rachel in the New World" [1856], "Les Miserables" [1862], and "The Life of Jesus" [1863]. But his principal business was ownership of a large paper manufacturing company. He obtained many city contracts from Tammany Hall in the heyday of the Tweed Ring, and with the fall of William "Boss" Tweed, Wilbour decided to leave the United States. In 1874, he went abroad and spent his time studying the Egyptian treasures of the British Museum and other great European collections. He became associated with Egyptologists Heinrich Karl Brugsch and Gaston Camille Maspero, accompanying Maspero on five Nile River expeditions. In 1889, on a visit to Aswan, he purchased some papyri found on the island of Elephantine. Before he had time to fully realize the importance of this find, he died in a Paris hotel, and his belongings, including the papyri, were put in storage by the hotel for almost fifty years, before being returned to his heirs. They became the part of The Wilbour Library of Egyptology at the Brooklyn Museum.
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Parents:
. Charles Wilbour (1805 - 1882)
. Sarah Soule Wilbour (1804 - 1891)

Marriage:
. Charlotte M. Beebe, 18 Jan 1858

Children:
1. Evangeline Wilbour [1858-]
2. Theodora Wilbour
3. Victor Wilbour
4. Zoe Wilbour [1864-1885]
 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Wilbour (1805 - 1882)
  Sarah Soule Wilbour Wilbour (1804 - 1891)
 
 Spouse:
  Charlotte M. Beebe Wilbour (1833 - 1914)
 
 Children:
  Zoe Wilbour (1864 - 1885)*
 
 Sibling:
  Elizabeth Wilbour (1829 - 1832)*
  Charles Edwin Wilbour (1833 - 1896)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Superkentman
Record added: Dec 12, 2007
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Charles Edwin Wilbour
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