Helped locate 78 miles of proposed Baltimore, Cincinnati & Western R.R. in W. Virginia, also a narrowgauge road, Putnam County, New York. Engineer, later general manager Queens City Coal Mining Company (W. Virginia), 1882. Organized firm G.W.G. Ferris & Company, 1886, conducted mill and shop-work inspection and testing throughout country, interested in large structural engineering projects.
Constructed bridges across Ohio River at Wheeling, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Designed Ferris wheel for World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, considered most spectacular feature of Exposition.
Born February 14, 1859