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BEARDSLEY, Arthur, engineer, born in Esopus, Ulster County, New York, 1 November 1843. Early in life he learned the bookbinder's trade at Poughkeepsie, and also began his studies at the Dutchess county academy in the same town. After a year's study at Bowdoin College (1862-'3) he entered the Rens-selaer polytechnic institute, and was graduated in 1867 with the degree of C.E. During 1867-'8 he was assistant engineer at the Hoosac tunnel, Massachusetts, and from 1863 till 1872 professor of civil engineering and industrial mechanics at the University of Minnesota. In 1872 he became professor of civil and mechanical engineering in Swarthmore College, where he organized a manual training department, of which he is director.
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