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William Lafayette Darling

William Lafayette Darling, American civil engineer. member United States Naval Consulting Board, 1916; member United States commission of railway experts to Russia, May 1917-January 1918; member Board of Economics and Engineering of National Association Owners of Railway Securities, 1922-May 1923.

Background

  • Darling, William Lafayette was born on March 24, 1856 in Oxford, Massachusetts, United States. Son of William E. and Cynthia M. (Steere) Darling.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1877, honorary Doctor Engineering, 1927.

    Career

    • Engaged in construction and maintenance of steam rys. in various capacities, mostly with the Northern Pacific, 1878-1901. Chief engineer St. Andrew’s Bay & Chipley R.R., in Florida, 1884. Engineer terminals for Burlington R.R., St. Paul and Minneapolis, 1885.

      Chief engineer location and construction of Duluth, Watertown & Pacific Railway and chief engineer Yankton, Sioux Falls R.R., for City of Yankton, later built by G.N. Railway, 1887-1888. Construction branch lines for N.P. Railway, 1888-1891. Chief engineer N.P. System, 1901-1903.

      Chief engineer Rock Island System, 1903-1905, also vice president Gulf Construction Company, building line for the Rock Island between St. Louis and Kansas City. Late in 1905 made report on extension of Milwaukee Road from Butte, Montana, to Pacific Coast. Chief engineer N.P. Railway, January 1906-October 1916, also vice-president and engineer in charge of engineering and construction of Portland & Seattle Railway from Spokane to Portland.

      Also president Union Depot Company, 1906-1909. Appointed associate member United States Naval Consulting Board, 1916. Member United States commission of railway experts to Russia, May 1917-January 1918.

      In nat. and state war work, 1918. Construction engineering, St. Paul, 1919-1921. Member Board of Economics and Engineering of National Association Owners of Railway Securities, 1922-May 1923.

      Then consultant practice, St. Paul, Minn.

    Membership

    Member United States Naval Consulting Board, 1916. Member United States commission of railway experts to Russia, May 1917-January 1918. Member Board of Economics and Engineering of National Association Owners of Railway Securities, 1922-May 1923.

    Connections

    • Married Alice E. Bevans, April.
    • father: William E. Darling
    • mother: Cynthia M. (Steere) Darling
    • spouse: Alice E. Bevans
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    Died October 27, 1938
    (aged 82)
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