Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,110 pages of information and 233,634 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
James Pugh Kirkwood (1807-1877), American Civil Engineer
Born in Edinburgh on 27 March. Apprenticed to Thomas Grainger (later Grainger and Miller), surveyor, and worked there as an assistant from 1821-32.
In 1832 he decided to emigrate to the USA. Worked with William McNeill. He went on to have a long and varied career in railway construction and water supply. He served as Director of the American Society of Civil Engineers from 1853-66 and then as the Society's second President from 1867-68 (following his fellow Scot and first ASCE President - James Laurie). He died in Brooklyn on 22 April 1877.
For a comprehensive summary of Kirkwood's career, see his ASCE Biography
1877 Obituary