Biography of Edward J. Bertrand
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EDWARD J. BERTRAND - A resident of The Bronx for twenty years, Mr. Bertrand has been established there as a real estate broker since 1922, conducting his business under the name of Bertrand & Company, with headquarters at No. 51 East Tremont Avenue. As a result of his untiring energy and his great business ability the enterprise has grown rapidly and Mr. Bertrand is considered one of the leading and most successful real estate brokers in The Bronx. He has also been active in the affairs of The Bronx Real Estate Board, of which he was one of the organizers and, in 1925, a member of the board of governors. He is considered one of the most successful and substantial members of the younger generation of Bronx business men and enjoys the respect and regard of his fellow citizens.

Edward J. Bertrand was born in New York City, January 26, 1884, a son of the late Charles A. and Elizabeth Bertrand. On his father's side he is of French descent, being a great great grandson of Count Henri Gratien Bertrand, one of the generals of Napoleon I and one of the Emperor's most loyal supporters. The first member of the family to come to this country was Mr. Bertrand's grandfather, who settled in the United States in 1858. His son, Mr. Bertrand's father, was for many years successfully engaged in the trucking business and also was over a very long period of years a power in local politics, having been a staunch supporter of the Democratic party and at one time a member of the New York State Senate. He died in 1916, having been predeceased by Mrs. Bertrand, who was one of the unfortunate victims, June 15, 1904, of the disaster which befell the Steamship "General Slocum" in the East River.

Edward J. Bertrand was educated in the public schools of New York City, graduating from School No. 55 at the age of fourteen and a half years as valedictorian of his class, after which he attended Morris High School for one year. He then went to work with A. A. Vantine & Company, a prominent importing house of Oriental goods. In 1909 he became connected with the New York City Department of Water Supply, in which he served very efficiently and conscientiously for ten years as an inspector. Resigning in 1919, he accepted a position with the National City Bank, New York City, with which important financial institution he remained for three years. At the expiration of this period, in 1922, he established his present business, in which he met with marked success from the beginning and in which he has continued until the present time. In politics he is, like his father, a supporter of the Democratic party, and as such a member of the Chippewa Democratic Club. He is also a member of Lodge No. 871, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of The Bronx Board of Trade, and of The Bronx Real Estate Board, of which latter organization he was one of the organizers and for one year was a governor.

Mr. Bertrand married, in The Bronx, February 1, 1909, Theresa Essenwanger, a daughter of Charles and Mary Essenwanger, both residents of The Bronx. Mr. and Mrs. Bertrand are the parents of three daughters: 1. Marie, born August 30, 1914. 2. Helen, born November 30, 1917. 3. Ethel, born August 4, 1923. The family home is located at No. 1318 Purdy Street, The Bronx.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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