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Charles Swift Riche

Charles Swift Riche, American civil engineer. Member Engineering Board of Review, Sanitary District of Chicago, 1924-1925.; Mason, Elk.


  • Riche, Charles Swift was born on July 19, 1864 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of George Inman and Elizabeth Ramsay (Wetherill) Riche.

  • Education

    • Graduate Friends’ Central School, Philadelphia, 1881. Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1886. Graduate Engineer School of Application, Willet Point, New York, 1889.


    • Commissioned add. Second lieutenant Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1886. Promoted through grades to colonel, July 1, 1916. Served as colonel 1st United States Vol.

      Infantry, May 20, 1898-October 28, 1898. Retired January 18, 1921. Engaged extensively in river and harbor work.

      Great Lakes harbors and connecting channels. United States lake survey. Upper Mississippi River improvement.

      Completion Hennepin Canal, Texas harbors, Coast Canal, Houston Ship Channel and Texas City Dike. Fortifications of New Orleans, Galveston and Panama Canal. Consulting engineer on grade raising of City of Galveston, Texas, 1903-1904.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Member Engineering Board of Review, Sanitary District of Chicago, 1924-1925. Mason, Elk.


    • Married Annie Weir, June 6, 1889 (died 1897). Children: Swift, Weir (killed in France December.
    • father: George Inman Riche
    • mother: Elizabeth Ramsay (Wetherill) Riche
    • spouse: Annie Weir
    • children: Swift Riche
    • Weir (killed in France Dec Riche
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    Born July 19, 1864
    Died March 20, 1936
    (aged 71)