Mar. 25, 1881 Trenton Mercer County New Jersey, USA
Apr. 14, 1912, At Sea
Died in the sinking of the Titanic. Son of Charles G. Roebling. Nephew of Washington A. Roebling, chief engineer in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Mr Washington Augustus Roebling, II, 31, was born 25 March 1881, the only son of Charles G. Roebling, of 335 West State Street, Trenton, president of John A. Roebling Sons Company. Washington's mother, the former Miss Ormsby of Pittsburgh died during his childhood. He was named after his uncle Colonel Washington A. Roebling, one of the builders of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Roebling graduated first from the State Model School and then from the Hill School in Pottstown, PA with a degree in engineering. While in school, he was noted for his football playing ability. After working for a time at his father's business (the Roebling Wire Co.), he began work at the Walter Automobile plant which was later taken over by the Mercer Automobile Company, Mercerville. While at the Mercer plant he designed and built his Roebling-Planche racing car, finishing in second place in the Vanderbilt Cup Race in Savannah, Georgia in 1910. In early 1912, he left on a tour of Europe with his friend Stephen Weart Blackwell, also of Trenton. Roebling's chauffeur, Frank Stanley accompanied the two men, bringing with them Roebling's Fiat car. They toured Italy and France, and it was in France that they met up with the George Dennick Wick family. It was on the voyage to Europe, they also become acquainted with a member of the Wick party, Miss Caroline Bonnell. However, a week before the completion of their trip, Stanley fell ill and returned to the U. S. on another ship, bringing the Fiat back with him. Roebling and Blackwell boarded the Titanic at Southampton as first class passengers. Roebling carried ticket no. PC 17590 (£50 9s 11d) and occupied cabin A-24. In addition to his father, Roebling also left behind two sisters, Miss Helen Roebling, at the time engaged to noted Philadelphia artist, Caroll Sergeant Tyson, Jr.; and Mrs Richard McCall Cadwalder (nee Emily Roebling) of Philadelphia. Charles G. Roebling, a prominent member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Trenton, later had the west wall of the cathedral rebuilt as a memorial to his son. Charles Roebling himself died in 1918 and the age of 69, never having recovered from his son's death.