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Byron Edgar Farwell, American writer. Former councilman and mayor, Hillsboro, Virginia; honorary member, board directors Oatlands of National Trust; former trustee American Military Institute; member advisory board National History Society Captain C.E., United States Army, 1940-1945, ordnance corps, 1950-1953. Fellow Royal Society Literature (United Kingdom), fell. Royal Geography Society (United Kingdom).

Background

Farwell, Byron Edgar was born on June 20, 1921 in Manchester, Iowa, United States.

Education

Farwell graduated from Ohio State University and the University of Chicago (MA, 1968).

Career

He served in World War II as a captain of engineers attached to the Mediterranean Allied Air Force in the British Eighth Army area and later also saw combat in the Korean War. He separated from the military after seven years of active duty. As a civilian, he became director of public relations and director of administration for Chrysler International from 1959 to 1971.

He also served three terms as mayor of Hillsboro, Virginia (1977–81). He published articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, American Heritage, Harper's, Horizon, Smithsonian Magazine as well as serving as a contributing editor to Military History, World War II, and Collier's Encyclopedia. Farwell also published biographies of Stonewall Jackson, Henry M. Stanley, and Sir Richard Francis Burton.

Farwell gave his papers to the University of Iowa.

Works

Membership

Former councilman and mayor, Hillsboro, Virginia. Honorary member, board directors Oatlands of National Trust. Former trustee American Military Institute.

Member advisory board National History Society Captain C.E., United States Army, 1940-1945, ordnance corps, 1950-1953. Fellow Royal Society Literature (United Kingdom), fell. Royal Geography Society (United Kingdom).

Connections

Married Ruth Saxby; children: Joyce, Byron John, Lesley.

spouse:
Ruth Saxby

children:
Joyce Farwell

Byron John Farwell

Lesley Farwell