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William Beach Palmer

William Beach Palmer, American civil engineer. Member Connecticut Society of Commerce.E. (Executive Committee 1891-1896, past president).


  • Palmer, William Beach was born on September 22, 1854 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States. Son of Theophilus Middlebrook and Comfort Anna (Middlebrook) Palmer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Philosophy, Sheffield Scientific School (Yale), 1876.


    • In architectural work, 1876-1878. Assistant engineer with B. H. Hull, Bridgeport, 1878-1880. Div. engineer Lehigh & Hudson River R.R., 1880-1884.

      Principal assistant engineer Cincinnati, Van Wert & Michigan R.R., Citizens Water Company, Bridgeport, and other water companies in Connecticut, since 1884. Location engineer Connecticut Western R.R., New York, Bridgeport & Eastern R.R., Shore Line Electric R.R. Acted as chief engineer Fitchburg R.R. resurvey, Winsted Water Power Improvement Company, Housatonic Power Company, at Zoar Bridge, Rockingham Park & Track (Salem, N.H.).

      Civil engineering and surveying work on various projects since 1900. Chief engineer W. B. Palmer Engineering corporation since 1930. Lay-out and town planning of “Rivercliffe,” Devon, Connecticut, and “Middlebury Shores” and “Long-Lake-Park,” Middlebury, Connecticut.

      Survey and engineering of New United States Post Office Building, Bridgeport.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Member Connecticut Society of Commerce.E. (Executive Committee 1891-1896, past president). Clubs: Bridgeport, University.


    • Married Sarah Louise Clark, of Bridgeport, January 12, 1909.
    • father: Theophilus Middlebrook Palmer
    • mother: Comfort Anna (Middlebrook) Palmer
    • spouse: Sarah Louise Clark
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    Born September 22, 1854