Libbey, Edward Drummond
- Regina Lee Blaszczyk
Libbey, Edward Drummond (17 April 1854–13 November 1925), business executive in the glass industry, was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the son of William L. Libbey, a glass manufacturer, and Julia M. Miller. He was educated in Boston and attended lectures at Boston University. Libbey spent his early career in eastern Massachusetts, a nineteenth-century glass-manufacturing center, where he learned the business of glassmaking from his father. The senior Libbey’s experience included executive positions with several Boston-area glass importers and manufacturers, including Jarvis and Commeraiss, the Old England Glass Company, and the New England Glass Company. In 1874 Libbey joined his father in the management of the New England Glass Company, taking charge of the firm at his father’s death in 1883. Libbey inherited a shaky firm, and his attempts to put the company on solid footing with innovative product lines, including Amberina, failed in the light of changing consumer tastes and tough competition from factories in the growing western glassmaking center of Pittsburgh....