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William Rich Hutton

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William Rich Hutton (1826-1901)

1902 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM RICH HUUTTON, born at Washington, U.S., on the 21st March, 1826, obtained his first professional experience on survey work for the United States Engineers.

From 1854 to 1861 he acted as Divisional Engineer on the Washington Aqueduct, being promoted to the post of Chief Engineer in the latter year. In 1866 he constructed the Annapolis Waterworks, and in 1869, as Chief Engineer of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, he completed a masonry dam across the Potomac and other important works. He acted as Consulting Engineer to the Canal until 1880.

From 1871 to 1873 Mr. Hutton acted as Chief Engineer on the construction of the Western Maryland Railroad, and from 1876 to 1879 he was engaged in designing and directing the construction o€ locks and movable dams for the improvement of the Kanawha River.

In 1880 Mr. Hutton moved his offices to New York City, and subsequently became Consulting Engineer for the New Aqueduct, for the Colorado Midland Railroad, and for other undertakings. From 1886 to 1889 he was Chief Engineer of the beautiful Harlem River Bridge, known as the “Washington” Bridge, and later he occupied a similar post on the Hudson River Tunnel and served on the Commission for the improvement of the Columbia River.

He was a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, of which he was Vice-President in 1896-97, and of the Soci6th des Ingenieurs Civils de France. Mr. Hutton died at his residence, The Woodlands, Clopper, Montgomery County, Maryland, on the 11th December, 1901.

He was elected a Member of the Institution on the 2nd December, 1890.

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