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Katharine Edgar Byron (October 25, 1903 – December 28, 1976), a Democrat, was a U.S. Congresswoman who represented the 6th congressional district of Maryland from May 27, 1941 to January 3, 1943. She was the first woman elected to Congress from Maryland.

Katharine Edgar Byron
Katharine Byron.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th district
In office
Preceded byWilliam D. Byron
Succeeded byJames Glenn Beall
Personal details
Katharine Edgar

(1903-10-25)October 25, 1903
Detroit, Michigan
DiedDecember 28, 1976(1976-12-28) (aged 73)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)William D. Byron

Byron was born in Detroit, Michigan. She attended independent schools during her youth, such as the Westover School of Middlebury, Connecticut, and the Holton-Arms School of Bethesda, Maryland. She later moved to Williamsport, Maryland, in 1922. The Byrons were communicants of Saint John's Church. She was elected to Congress in a special election held May 27, 1941 to replace her husband, Representative William D. Byron, after his death in an airplane crash in Georgia on February 27, 1941. She was not a candidate for reelection and retired in Washington, D.C., which is where she also died. She is interred in Riverview Cemetery of Williamsport, Maryland.

Byron was a granddaughter of U.S. Senator Louis E. McComas; her son, Goodloe Byron, was also a representative from the 6th district.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Katharine Byron (id: B001222)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Katharine Byron at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William D. Byron
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
James Glenn Beall