Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James
Grant Wilson, John Fiske and Stanley L. Klos. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton
and Company, 1887-1889 and 1999. Virtualology.com warns that these 19th Century
biographies contain errors and bias. We rely on volunteers to edit the historic
biographies on a continual basis. If you would like to edit this biographyplease
submit a rewritten biography in text form.
If acceptable, the new biography will be published above the 19th Century
Appleton's Cyclopedia Biography citing the volunteer editor
Virtual American Biographies
Over 30,000 personalities
with thousands of 19th Century illustrations, signatures, and exceptional life
welcomes editing and additions to the
biographies. To become this site's editor or a contributor
or e-mail Virtualology here.
McALPINE, William Jarvis, civil engineer, born in New York city in 1812. He received his education in his native city, and in 1827 became a civil engineer, engaging chiefly on the construction of canals and other hydraulic works. Subsequently he was engineer of the eastern division of the Erie canal enlargement until June, 1846, when he became chief engineer of the construction of the dry dock of the United States navy-yard in Brooklyn. He was elected state engineer of New York in 1852, and in 1854-'6 was state railroad commissioner. Later he was for two years acting president and engineer of the Erie railroad, after which he was chief engineer of roads in the west. The original waterworks in Albany, New York, and in Chicago, Illinois, were designed and constructed under his supervision, and he was associated in the building of other similar works. In 1870, at the request of the Austrian government, he presented plans for the improvement of the cataracts of the Danube river. Since that time his advice has been largely sought on important engineering projects throughout the United States. He has published valuable reports and was president of the American society of civil engineers in 1868-'9.
This site and its contents are not affiliated, connected,
associated with or authorized by the individual, family,
friends, or trademarked entities utilizing any part or
the subject's entire name. Any official or affiliated
sites that are related to this subject will be hyper
linked below upon submission
and Evisum, Inc. review.
Please join us in our mission to incorporate America's Four United Republics discovery-based curriculum into the classroom of every primary and secondary school in the United States of America by July 2, 2026, the nation’s 250th birthday. , the United States of America: We The
People. Click Here