Engineer. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he is most noted for being the man who built the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. During the Golden Gate's construction, as a chief engineer, he overcame many problems to find funding and support for the bridge from the citizens and the U.S. Military. He also built and designed the safety net installed beneath the Golden Gate Bridge during construction which saved a total of 19 lives. Strauss bridges are scattered over the world from Norway to Japan and from Russia to Panama. He built the famed bridge to the winter palace of the Czars across the Neva in Russia, the Almadares Bridge at Havana, Cuba, the $12,000,000 Montreal-South Shore span; the Columbia River Bridge in Longview, Washington and bridges for the Norwegian, Danish and Swedish railway systems. He designed the Gatun River Bridge in the Panama Canal Zone, the million dollar bascule span of the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Bridge at Washington D.C. and was consulting engineer on the George Washington and Kill Von Kull bridges over the Hudson River, New York. As far back as 1918 he conceived the idea of spanning the Golden Gate. IN the face of other engineers who said it couldn't be done because of the deep channel and swift tidal currents, or the cost. Years of litigation, delay, and difficulties were to elapse before his dream came true, but it did on May 27, 1937. Had he lived 11 days longer, he would have celebrated the first anniversary of the gigantic span, longest suspension bridge in the world.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Ethelyn Annette Strauss