Edgar Joseph Meyer (1884 - 1912) MP

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Birthplace: USA
Death: Died in At Sea - Titanic Casualty
Cause of death: died in the sinking of the Titanic
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About Edgar Joseph Meyer

The brave and heroic Edgar Joseph Meyer was a casualty of the Titanic.

He was born on January 13, 1884, the youngest of eight siblings born to Marc Eugene Meyer and his wife Harriet Newmark.

Meyer graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. 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.

He was married to Leila Saks, daughter of Andrew Saks, President and one of the founders of Saks & Co., the dry goods house which merged with Gimbels Brothers and became Saks Fifth Avenue. They were married for 2½ years. He and his wife had a year-old daughter.

Eager to attend the funeral of Andrew Saks, the couple booked a last-minute ticket on the RMS Titanic out of Cherbourg, France. When the ship began to sink, Edgar helped women and children onto the lifeboats. He begged Leila to get into the first available lifeboat, but she couldn't bear to leave her husband. Edgar continued to load the other passengers while his wife stood by him. He reminded his wife of their baby waiting at home, and Leila finally agreed to leave the flooding Titanic. Edgar could have gone with her, but he refused to take the place of the other passengers.

Leila was rescued by Carpathia, and she never spoke publicly about her husband who went down with Titanic.

Sources: Weekend Notes, encyclopedia titanica, Find A Grave, The Imperial Hotel

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