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Robert J. Kirby

Robert John Kirby
Warden of Sing Sing
In office
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Born (1889-10-20)October 20, 1889
Died January 15, 1944(1944-01-15) (aged 54)
Parents Hart C. Sage
Clarissa H. Van Leuve

Robert John Kirby (October 20, 1889 – January 15, 1944) was the Warden of Sing Sing Prison from 1941 until 1944. Known for his integrity, Kirby brought respect back to the administration of Sing Sing, and order to the prison after the often controversial tenure of Lewis Lawes.


Kirby died of pneumonia in January, 1944.


  • "Crash Out: The True Story of a Hell's Kitchen Kid and the Bloodiest Escape in Sing Sing History", by David Goewey (Crown, 2005)
  • "Miracle at Sing Sing: How one man transformed the lives of America's most dangerous criminals", by Ralph Blumenthal (St. Martin's Press, 2004)
  • "Sing Sing: The Inside Story of a Notorious Prison", by Denis Brian (Prometheus, 2005)
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