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NEILSON, William George, metallurgical engineer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12 August, 1842. He was graduated at the Polytechnic college of Pennsylvania in 1862, and at once directed his attention to the manufacture of iron and steel. After filling several professional engagements, he became connected with the Elizabethtown forges in 1869, and in 1870 with the Pennsylvania steel company. In 1871 he was appointed general manager of the Logan iron and steel company, and in 1877 manager of the Standard steel company, which place he still fills. His services were called for by the Baldwin locomotive-works in 1878 in order to aid them in their shipment of locomotives to Russia. Mr. Neilson has been active in the American institute of mining engineers as an official, and in 1876 he was secretary of the centennial committee of that organization. In addition to various reports for the American iron and steel association he published in 1868 a chart illustrative of the material progress of the United States, showing the costs of certain staple products during a series of years.
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