Homer Morrison Byington, Sr

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Homer Morrison Byington, Sr

  • Birth 19 Sep 1879 District Of Columbia, USA
  • Death 7 Jul 1966 Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Memorial ID 70492235

Homer Morrison Byington was born in Washington, D.C., September 18, 1879, the son of George Richmond Byington and Emma Morrison.

Byington was educated by private tutors in Naples during the appointment of his grandfather Aaron Homer Byington as U.S. consul. A long career with the U.S. State Department began in 1897 when Byington was hired as a consulate clerk in Naples, remaining there in rising capacities as vice and deputy consul, September 19, 1900, and eventually consular assistant on July 1, 1908.

In the following years Byington also served at posts in Rome (vice & deputy consul, 1908); Bristol (vice, deputy consul, & consul, 1909), Leeds (consul, 1913), and Palermo (consul, 1919).

In 1917, Byington was assigned to assist Cordell Hull in Congress. Byington was reassigned, to Naples, as consul, in 1923. The next year he served as a delegate at the International Conference on Emigration and Immigration in Rome. In 1926 he was member of the Board of Review for Foreign Service Personnel.

In 1927, Byington attained the Class One category, the highest rank in the Foreign Service. When he returned to the U.S., two years later, he became chairman of the executive committee of the Foreign Service Personnel Board and member of the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service. In December 1929, Byington was made the chief of the Division of Foreign Service Personnel, a capacity in which he served until 1933. During these years, Byington was also a member of the Foreign Service Training School Board (1931).

In 1944, he accepted his final appointment as consul general to Montreal. Byington retired from the Foreign Service in 1944.

Homer M. Byington was married to Jean(nette) Lindsley Gregory, June 2, 1903. Their sons include Homer Morrison II (born 1908), James Gregory, Ward Gregory; as well as three daughters, Mrs. Janice Hinkle, Mrs. Joan Grant, and Mrs. Jean Macmillan. The two eldest sons, Homer Morrison II and James Gregory, both served in the Foreign Service. The youngest son, Ward Gregory, served in the navy.

Byington died in Stamford, Connecticut, on July 7, 1966. provided by Bob R


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  • Created by: Cheryl Rogers
  • Added: 28 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70492235
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Homer Morrison Byington, Sr (19 Sep 1879–7 Jul 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70492235, citing Norwalk Union Cemetery, Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Cheryl Rogers (contributor 47313139) .