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James Byers Black

James Byers Black, American utilities executive. Member Business Council; Member of Pacific Coast Committee (vice chairman), Newcomen Society, Big C Society, Eta Kappa Nu, Chi Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Golden Bear, Skull and Keys.

Background

  • Black, James Byers was born on May 6, 1890 in Sycamore, Illinois, United States. Son of Charles Albert and Olive (Byers) Black.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University California, 1912, Doctor of Laws, 1958. Doctor of Laws, University San Francisco, 1958.

    Career

    • Service inspector Great Western Power Company, 1912-1918, general sales manager, 1918-1922, general manager, since 1922, vice president, since 1923. Vice president Western Power Corporation, 1926, North American Company, 1927-1935. President, director, member Executive Committee Pacific Gas & Electric Company, San Francisco, 1935-1955, Chairman of the Board, director, member Executive Committee, since 1955.

      Chairman, director Pacific Gas Transmission Company, Alberta Natural Gas Company, Alberta & Southern Gas Company. Director, member Executive Committee Shell Oil Corporation, Southern Pacific Company, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, member advising committee to board Chemical Bank New York Trust Company. Director Equitable Life Assurance Society, Del Monte Properties Company, Federal Maritime Commission Corporation Director emeritus Stanford Research Institute.

      Director New York World’s Fair 1964-1965 Corporation.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Member Business Council. Member of Pacific Coast Committee (vice chairman), Newcomen Society, Big C Society, Eta Kappa Nu, Chi Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Golden Bear, Skull and Keys. Clubs: Links, Brook, Twenty-Nine (New York City).

    Connections

    • Married Katharine McElrath, March 24, 1913. Children: James Byers, Charles Alden, Kathryn (Mistress.
    • father: Charles Albert Black
    • mother: Olive (Byers) Black
    • spouse: Katharine McElrath
    • children: James Byers Black
    • Charles Alden Black
    • Kathryn (Mrs Black
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    Died March 21, 1965
    (aged 75)
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