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Walter Butler Harris

Walter Butler Harris, American civil engineer, educator.


  • Harris, Walter Butler was born on July 13, 1865 in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. Son of Review William and Christina Van Alen (Butler) Harris.

  • Education

    • C.E., Princeton, 1886.


    • With Wilkes-Barre & Scranton Railway, 1886-1887, Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, 1887-1888, Central R.R. of New Jersey, 1888-1889. Instructor civil engineering, 1889-1895, assistant professor, 1895-1899, professor geodesy, 1899-1934, emeritus, Princeton University. Engineer and architect The Prospect Company.

      Designed and constructed a system of jetties for protection of New Jersey coast at Asbury Park and other places. Former borough engineer and township engineer. President Board of Health, Princeton.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyn


    • Married Anne L. Yeomans, November 22, 1892. Children: Dorothy C., Walter Butler, George Yeomans (deceased), Helen Boyd.
    • father: Review William Harris
    • mother: Christina Van Alen (Butler) Harris
    • spouse: Anne L. Yeomans
    • children: Dorothy C. Harris
    • Walter Butler Harris
    • George Yeomans Harris (deceased)
    • Helen Boyd Harris
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    Born July 13, 1865
    Died November 20, 1935
    (aged 70)