Robert H. Byrns, who is president of the Citizens National Bank of Potsdam, is recognized as one of the city's
able and successful business men. He was born at Canton, N. Y., March 21, 1881, the son of George E. and Margaret
George E. Byrns was born at Hammond, St. Lawrence County, and now resides at Potsdam. He is 81 years of age. During
his early life Mr. Byrns was interested in the lumber and saw mill business, and in 1901 he came to Potsdam, where
he organized the United States Brush Company, with which he was identified for about ten years. He served as overseer
of the poor in the town of Potsdam for a number of years, and as village trustee of Canton. He is a member of the
Catholic Church. His wife was born at Canton and died in 1923. There were three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Byrns:
1. Robert H., the subject of this sketch. 2. Mrs. Fred Burke, lives at Watertown. 3. Benjamin, who served in France
during the World War, now an examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City.
Robert H. Byrns attended the Canton public schools and is a graduate of the Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie,
N. Y. He was identified with the First National Bank of Canton for two years, after which he came to Potsdam as
bookkeeper for the Citizens National Bank. Later he was made cashier, and vice president, and since March, 1923,
he has held the office of president. He is also a director of the bank and is a director of the Unity Paper Mills
In 1913 Mr. Byrns was married to Miss Mabel Allen, of Watertown, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Allen. Both
are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Byrns have a daughter, Betsy Jane, born at Potsdam in 1923.
Mr. Byrns is a Republican and a director of Potsdam Hospital. He holds membership in the Catholic Church, and belongs
to the Knights of Columbus, Potsdam Club, Potsdam Country Club and the Canton Club.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932