Frank Baird

Father of the Peace Bridge: Baird


FRANK BURKETT BAIRD (1852-1939) “was a philanthropist and successful industrialist. He came to Buffalo in 1888, built the Tonawanda Iron & Steel Company, developed the Hanna Furnace Company, and served on the board of the Pan American Exposition in 1901. He was “Father of the Peace Bridge” and a proponent of the construction that opened vehicular traffic between the U.S. and Canada in 1927. He chaired the UB Council and was a member of the board of the University Foundation. Mr. Baird served as trustee of Forest Lawn Cemetery and is buried there.”

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