Born in New York City, studied Civil engineering and practical mechanical engineering at New York University. Assisted John Ericsson in the design and construction of the ironclad Monitor and served as first engineer during the encounter with the Merrimac. Later, he was consulting engineer for a coal and iron mining concern in Pennsylvania. Employed by the Canadian government, he made plans for the drainage of Margaree Lake in Nova Scotia. Assisted in the development of the NY City waterfront 1871-1872. Engineer of the Rapid Transit Commission of NYC, and Trustee of the Brooklyn Bridge. At the age of 47, he committed suicide in a fit of melancholia caused by mounting health, personal, and financial problems. At the time of his death, he was Chief Engineer of the Department of Public Works of New York City.
Aug. 4, 1837
Sept. 25, 1884