Washington Augustus Roebling

Washington Augustus Roebling

Birth
Saxonburg, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 21 Jul 1926 (aged 89)
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Cold Spring, Putnam County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 9197153 · View Source
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Key Figure in the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge. The son of John A. and Johanna Herting Roebling, Washington took his engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked with his father in bridge construction prior to Union Army Civil War service, during which time he distinguished himself at Gettysburg and was credited with the construction of bridges across the Rappahannock and Shenandoah rivers. In 1865 he married Emily Warren, sister of G.K. Warren, the army General with whom Roebling had served. Returning to work with his father, Roebling travelled to Europe to study new techniques for use in his father's project to build the Brooklyn Bridge. Before construction got under way, his father was injured in an accident and soon died of tetanus, whereupon Washington was asked to take over the project. Three years later he was severely disabled by "the bends" as a result of working in pressurised caissons used to build the underwater bases of the bridge towers, and he moved to a nearby Brooklyn apartment from which he could view the construction. For eleven years he sent his instructions to the site via his wife Emily, who had learned much about engineering and materials properties, and she effectively managed the project for him. After its completion, he resided for a time in Troy, NY and in 1893 returned to Trenton, NJ, the site of the John A. Roebling's Sons Co. manufacturing business. After the death of his nephew Karl in 1921, Washington took on the company presidency for the second time, during which he modernized and effectively managed the company. He died at his home in Trenton in 1926.

Bio by: Robert Morris



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 9197153
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Washington Augustus Roebling (26 May 1837–21 Jul 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9197153, citing Cold Spring Cemetery, Cold Spring, Putnam County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .