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KNEASS, Strickland, civil engineer, born in Philadelphia, Pc., 29 July, 1821; died there, 14 January, 1884. His father, William Kneass, was for many years engraver of the United States mint. The son was graduated at Rensselaer polytechnic institute, Troy, New York, in 1839. From that time until 1855, when he was chosen chief engineer and surveyor of the consolidated city of Philadelphia, he was employed in his profession in various important works, he served with ability in the office of chief engineer of Philadelphia until 1872, when he resigned to accept the post of assistant to the president of the Pennsylvania railroad. He afterward became president of the Pennsylvania and Delaware and other railroads.
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