(Old) Bayard Sartoris

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(Old) Bayard Sartoris
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Sartoris, (Old) Bayard
AKA: 
Old Bayard
"Colonel" Sartoris
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Born-and-Dies
Family: 
Sartoris
Occupation: 
Management
Specific Job: 
Banker, Landlord
Date of Birth: 
Monday, January 1, 1849 to Monday, December 31, 1849
Origin: 
Yoknapatawpha
Cause of Death: 
Accident
Biography: 

Old Bayard is one of the novel's key characters. The only son of Colonel John Sartoris, he married and had one child, son John, who died in 1901. He became one of the leading citizens in Jefferson, serving as mayor around 1894 and later founding the Merchants and Farmers Bank and serving as its president until being forced to resign because of his age. His attempt to preseve tradition and heritage is exemplified both in his household, by the carriage in which he is driven, as well as at the bank he runs, where he refuses to make loans to people who want to buy an automobile. Ironically, however, he died of a heart attack while riding in his grandson Bayard's car. Faulkner uses him to narrate the stories in The Unvanquished.

Individual or Group: 
Individual

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