C. E. Byrd
|Clifton Ellis Byrd, Sr.|
C. E. Byrd (c. 1907)
|5th President of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana|
|Preceded by||W. E. Taylor|
|Succeeded by||John Keeny|
December 14, 1859|
Bath County, Virginia, USA
February 26, 1926 (aged 66)|
Shreveport, Caddo Parish
Martha Matilda Lockhart "Mattie" McFe Byrd
|Parents||John Thomas and Sarah Rebecca McClintic Byrd|
|Alma mater||University of Virginia at Charlottesville|
Clifton Ellis Byrd, Sr. (December 14, 1859 – February 26, 1926), was a prominent educator in the U.S. state of Louisiana during the first quarter of the 20th century. The nationally recognized C.E. Byrd High School (founded 1925) in Shreveport, the alma mater of many of that city's civic and political leaders, bears his name. C.E. Byrd is Shreveport's oldest public high school.
Byrd was born to John Thomas Byrd and the former Sarah Rebecca McClintic in Bath County in western Virginia. He was unrelated to the Virginia Byrd family dynasty. He attended local schools, then since defunct Augusta Military Academy near Staunton, and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville from 1882 to 1883. He taught school in Front Royal in Warren County in northern Virginia from 1883 to 1889, when he accepted a principalship in Monroe in Ouachita Parish in northeastern Louisiana.
In 1892, he left Monroe to become the principal of the first public high school in Shreveport, which then occupied two rented rooms in the YMCA building. His salary was $70 per month. One of his pupils was Thornton F. Bell, later judge of the 1st Judicial District Court in Caddo Parish. In 1899, Byrd became the school superintendent. In 1905, he accepted the presidency of Louisiana Tech University (then Louisiana Industrial Institute) in Ruston in Lincoln Parish, where he served for only one year. In 1907, at the age of forty-eight, he returned to Shreveport to become superintendent of the Caddo Parish public schools, a position which he filled until his death.
Byrd was a Democrat at a time when virtually every elected official and most appointed officials as well were members of the state's overwhelmingly majority party. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Masonic lodge, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Rotary International, and Sigma Nu college fraternity.
In 1913, Byrd was a delegate to the Council of Education in Louisiana. He was a member of the Louisiana Teachers Association. In 1894, Byrd married the former Martha Matilda Lockhart "Mattie" McFee of Monroe (December 25, 1868- September 27, 1940). They had had two children, Mary Byrd (born 1895) and Clifton Byrd, Jr. (born 1897). Clifton and Mattie Byrd are interred at Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport.
- "Judge T. F. Bell Dies; Funeral Service Today – District Jurist and Son of Shreveport Pioneer Succumbs Friday". The Shreveport Times (through findagrave.com). October 29, 1938. p. 1 and 3. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
- "Clifton Ellis Byrd", Louisiana Historical Association, A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography, Vol. 1 (1988), p. 137
- New Orleans Times-Picayune, February 27, 1926
- Henry E. Chambers, A History of Louisiana (1925)
W. E. Taylor
| 5th President of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana
Clifton Ellis Byrd