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Edward Charles Le Droit [Ledroit] View Extant Instruments View Instruments


Boston, Massachusetts, 1850?-1858; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1858-1860; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1860s.
Classification: Employee or Independent Contractor

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October 30, 2004:

From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

Born in New York,1 c. 1835?; in Boston, Massachusetts,1850?; with Simmons & Willcox and E. & G. G. Hook of Boston, before 1858; partner with James O'Brien2 in Le Droit & O'Brien of Boston; [Le Droit & O'Brien] firm active in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1858-1860; [Le Droit was listed in directories] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1866-1868.

1According to a newspaper article quoted by Weber in "Sketches of Milwaukee Organbuilders", Le Droit was from Montreal. There is no mention of New York in the Weber article, this may have been an error by Fox, or a misplaced line in the printing. —Ed.
2"...the evidence suggests that Edward Le Droit was the organbuilder, while O'Brien supplied the workshop and perhaps the capital." —Richard Weber, "Sketches of Milwaukee Organbuilders".


  • Richard Weber, "Sketches of Milwaukee Organbuilders, 1847--1902", The Tracker 34:1 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1990), 16.
  • One or more local directories of the places and periods.
  • Barbara Owen and Thomas Cunningham, "New Revised Builders List", The Tracker 9:3 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1990), 13.
  • Richard Weber, "Sketches of Milwaukee Organbuilders, 1847--1902", Footnote 17, [additional research by Michael Friesen] The Tracker 34:1 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1990), 17.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on September 11, 2019.

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