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George Washington Gale Ferris

George Washington Gale Ferris, American civil engineer.


  • Ferris, George Washington Gale was born on February 14, 1859 in Galesburg, Illinois, United States. Son of George W.G. and Martha (Hyde) Ferris.

  • Education

    • Engineering degree Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1881.


    • 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.


    • Married Margaret Beatty.
    • father: George W.G. Ferris
    • mother: Martha (Hyde) Ferris
    • spouse: Margaret Beatty.
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    Born February 14, 1859
    Died November 22, 1896
    (aged 37)