Edgar Joseph Meyer

Mr Edgar Joseph Meyer

Edgar Joseph Meyer

Mr Edgar Joseph Meyer, 28, was born on 13 January 1884 the youngest child of Eugene Meyer and his wife. He has seven siblings in all.

He was 28 years old in 1912 and had been married for 2 years. He and his wife had a year-old daughter.

Meyer was a graduate of Cornell University, where he took his degree as a Mechanical Engineer. His discovery of a method to measure the velocity of flame propagation in gasoline engines became a standard technique. After his graduation from college he joined his brother in business in Wall Street and became vice president of the Braden Copper Company of NYC.

A resident of New York City, Mr Meyer boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a first class passenger (PC 17604, 82 3s 5d) together with his wife Leila Meyer.

Meyer was described as having a gentle and pleasing personality as well as a manly, straightforward manner. Mrs. Meyer later recalled:

"I tried and tried to get Edgar to come into the lifeboat with me, and pleaded to be allowed to stay behind and wait until he could leave, he not caring to leave before all the women had been saved. Mr. Meyer finally persuaded me to leave, reminding me of our one-year-old child at home. I entered the lifeboat and watched until the Titanic sank, but only for a short time did I see my husband standing beside the rail and assisting other women into boats in which he might have been saved."

Mr Meyer perished in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
New York Tribune, April 19, 1912

Credits
George Behe, USA
Hermann Sldner, Germany
Craig Stringer, UK
Geoff Whitfield, UK

Pictures

Edgar J. Meyer

(1912) 

EDGAR J. MEYER

 

Articles and Stories

EDGAR J. MEYER ANOTHER HERO

New York Times  (1912) 

EDGAR J. MEYER ANOTHER HERO

 
TITANIC VICTIM'S ESTATE

New York Times  (1915) 

TITANIC VICTIM'S ESTATE

 
OTHER STATEMENTS BY SURVIVORS

The Times  (1912) 

OTHER STATEMENTS BY SURVIVORS

 
RELATIVES HERE AWAIT TIDINGS

The San Francisco Call  (1912) 

RELATIVES HERE AWAIT TIDINGS

 
How Mrs. Meyer escaped

Le Journal  (1912) 

HOW MRS. MEYER ESCAPED

 
JERSEY PEOPLE WHO HAD RELATIVES ON BOARD

Daily Home News  (1912) 

JERSEY PEOPLE WHO HAD RELATIVES ON BOARD

 
Relatives Only at Ceremony of Dorothy Drey and Horace A. Saks

New York Times  (1912) 

RELATIVES ONLY AT CEREMONY OF DOROTHY DREY AND HORACE A. SAKS

 
Name Not On List But Woman Is Safe

Worcester Telegram  (1912) 

NAME NOT ON LIST BUT WOMAN IS SAFE

 
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