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Edgar Joseph Meyer

Birthdate:
Birthplace: United States
Death: Died in At Sea - Titanic Casualty
Cause of death: died in the sinking of the Titanic
Place of Burial: Body lost at sea, Specifically: Titanic Wreck
Immediate Family:

Son of Eugene Meyer and Harriet Meyer
Husband of Leila Ranger
Father of Jane Stern
Brother of Rosalie M Stern; Florence Blumenthal; Eugene Isaac Meyer, Jr.; Aline Meyer; Elise Hortensa Stern and 3 others

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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


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

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Edgar Joseph Meyer's Timeline

1884
January 13, 1884
United States
1912
April 15, 1912
Age 28
At Sea - Titanic Casualty
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Body lost at sea, Specifically: Titanic Wreck