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Ralph Waldo Emerson Leach

Ralph Waldo Emerson Leach, American mechanical engineer. Member 1st Pennsylvania Vols., Spanish-American War, 1898; Member American Society Mech. Engineers, National Electric Light Association, American Electric Railway Association, Engineers’; Mason (32 degree, Knights Templar, Shriner).

Background

  • Leach, Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on June 6, 1874 in Watertown, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Charles Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Barrett) Leach.

  • Education

    • Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1898.

    Career

    • With University of Pennsylvania and Schuylkill Elec. Railway Company, 1895-1896. Treasurer and director Philadelphia Construction Company, and Philadelphia Car Equipment Company, 1897.

      Cashier Norfolk & Ocean View Railway & Hotel Company, 1899. Testing engineer American Stoker Company, New York, 1900-1902. Research in manufacture of Portland cement treatment of ores, and dissociation of hydrogen in steam at high temperatures, in cement manufacture, 1902-1903.

      Experimental engineer Eldred Process Company, 1904. Manager stoker department Westinghouse Machine Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1905-1907. Manager Castalia Portland Cement Company, 1908-1909.

      N.E. manager American Engineering Company, 1910-1919. General representative same company, Philadelphia, since 1919.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Member 1st Pennsylvania Vols., Spanish-American War, 1898. Member American Society Mech. Engineers, National Electric Light Association, American Electric Railway Association, Engineers’.

    Mason (32 degree, Knights Templar, Shriner). Clubs: Blue Room, Square & Compass (Boston).

    Connections

    • Married Avis Spurr Standing, of Boston, Massachusetts, October 20, 1910 (deceased).
    • father: Charles Henry Leach
    • mother: Mary Elizabeth (Barrett) Leach
    • spouse: Avis Spurr Standing
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