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Edward Drummond Libbey

Edward Drummond Libbey (1854-1925) is the father of the glass industry in Toledo, Ohio, where he opened the Libbey Glass Company in 1888.

Libbey High School in Toledo,Ohio was named after Edward Drummond.

Glass-maker and philanthropist, born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA. After attending Boston University, he worked for the New England Glass Co (1874), becoming president (1883–6). He opened the Libbey Glass Co in Toledo, OH (1888), sponsoring a demonstration plant at the Chicago exposition of 1893. His success depended heavily on the inventions of Michael Owens. Libbey later founded the Owens Bottle Machine Co (1903) with exclusive rights to manufacture glass bottles, and the Libbey-Owens Sheet Glass Co (1916), serving as president of both firms. He organized the Toledo Art Museum (1901), serving as its president (1901–25), funding building construction, and bequeathing to the museum his collection of Dutch and English art. He was also the founder of the Toledo Museum of Art in 1901 and was a large influence on the town of Ojai California.

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