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BUCKHOUT, Isaac Craig, civil engineer, born in Morrisania, New York, in 1831; died in White Plains, New York, 27 September, 1874. His father was manager of the old Gouverneur Morris estate. On leaving school in 1848 he was employed on the Harlem railroad as a rodman under Allen Campbell, who afterward became president of the road. Here he attracted the attention of his employers by his intelligence and quickness. He was afterward a surveyor in Paterson, New Jersey, and was then made engineer and superintendent of the water-works of that city. After this he returned to New York, became City surveyor, and then resumed his connection with the Harlem railroad company, superintending the construction of the old viaduct over the Harlem flats and bridge over the Harlem River in 1853. He was engineer of the company in 1857, and in 1863 was made superintendent. He designed the Grand Central station, as well as the improvement on Fourth avenue. When the charter for that work was granted, the legislature appointed a board of four engineers, one of whom was Mr. Buckhout, and the members elected him as the superintendent. When Mr. Vanderbilt obtained the charter for building an underground railroad to the City Hall, Mr. Buckhout's plan was declared the best submitted, and his plan for an underground railroad in Brooklyn was also adopted. Mr. Buckhout was a personal friend of Horace Greeley, and superintended the improvements about Mr. Greeley's residence at Chappaqua. His death was caused by fever, contracted by standing on the marshy ground at Sixtieth street and North river, where he was superintending the construction of an elevator for the Hudson River railroad company.
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