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Harry Darby

Harry Darby, United States senator, manufacturing company executive. Recipient numerous awards for civic activities.


  • Darby, Harry was born on January 23, 1895 in Kansas City, Kansas, United States. Son of Harry and Florence Isabelle (Smith) Darby.

  • Education

    • BME, University Illinois, 1917. Master of Engineering, University Illinois, 1929. Doctor of Laws, St. Benedict's College, Atchison, Kansas.

      Doctor of Laws, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri. Doctor of Laws, Kansas State University. Doctor of Laws, Manhattan and Washburn University, Topeka.

      Distributed control system, Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas.


    • With Missouri Boiler Works Company, Kansas City, 1911-1919. With Darby Corporation, 1920-1987. Chairman board, owner.

      Founder, chairman Leavenworth Steel, Inc. Now chairman board, owner. Founder, chairman Darby Railway Cars, Inc.

      Director numerous corporations. United States senator from Kansas, 1949-1950.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Active 4-H Club, Boy Scouts American. Member Republican National Committee for Kansas, 1940-1964. Trustee various cultural institutions, associations.

    Trustee, chairman Eisenhower Foundation, Abilene, Kansas. Chairman Eisenhower Presidential Library Commission, Abilene. Chairman emeritus American Royal Livestock and Horse Show.

    Member executive committee Kansas Livestock Association, Agricultural Hall of Fame. Director, trustee National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Served from Second lieutenant to captain, Field Artillery United States Army, 1917-1919.

    With Advertising Educational Foundation. Fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Member Navy League United States, Kansas City Crime Commission, Kansas Registration Board Professional Engineers, University Illinois Foundation, American Society of Civil Engineers, National, Kansas society professional engineers, American Hereford Association, American National Livestock Association, Society of America Military Engineers, American Society Agricultural Engineers, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, 40 and 8, Military Order World Wars.

    Clubs: Masons (32 degree), Shriners, Jesters, Kansas City, Automobile of Missouri, Saddle and Sirloin, Rotary, River, Terrace, Man of the Month (Kansas City, Kansas). Chicago; Chevy Chase, Capitol Hill (Washington).


    • Married Edith Marie Cubbison, December 17, 1917. Children: Harriet Darby Gibson, Joan Darby Edwards, Edith Marie Darby Evans, Marjorie Darby Alford.
    • father: Harry Darby
    • mother: Florence Isabelle (Smith) Darby
    • spouse: Edith Marie Cubbison
    • children: Harriet Darby Gibson Darby
    • Joan Darby Edwards Darby
    • Edith Marie Darby Evans Darby
    • Marjorie Darby Alford Darby
    Harry Darby
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    Born January 23, 1895
    Died January 17, 1987
    (aged 91)
    • 1917
      University Illinois
    • 1929
      University Illinois
    • 1911 - 1919
      With Missouri Boiler Works Company
      Kansas City, Missouri, United States
    • 1920 - 1987
      with Darby Corporation
    • 1949 - 1950
      United States senator from Kansas
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