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 Robert Edgar Byrd

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Robert Edgar Byrd

  • Birth 8 Jan 1882 Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 17 Dec 1930
  • Burial Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 116114895

Robert E. Byrd was born on January 8, 1882 to parents, Joseph Edgar Byrd and Helen M. Wilder. His father, Joseph, was a Confederate Veteran from New Orleans, while his mother Helen was the daughter of a farmer and former Union soldier from Forestville, N.Y.

After Robert's father passed away from an unfortunate bout of malaria while traveling for work, Robert and his mother moved around for many years.

Although Robert had a few years of "hard times" and was sent to reform schools and youth authority facilities (Burnham Industrial School & Preston School of Industry) he went on to do great things in his life later on.

Not only did he start his own manufacturing (die-cast) businesses, but he also patented several of his creations, leaving behind a family legacy in the manufacturing industry.

Robert E. Byrd died from congestive heart failure and kidney failure on December 17, 1930. He is buried at the Lakeside Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania.

(Info obtained through Robert Byrd's family and parts were published in "Behind The Walls: A Historical Expose' of the Preston School of Industry" by author, J'aime Rubio)


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  • Created by: J. Rubio
  • Added: 26 Aug 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 116114895
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Edgar Byrd (8 Jan 1882–17 Dec 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 116114895, citing Lakeside Cemetery, Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by J. Rubio (contributor 47507413) .