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John F. Stevens

John F. Stevens, American civil engineer. Awarded Fritz medal for “great achievements.” 1925; gold medal, Franklin Institute; Hoover medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1939. member American Society of Civil Engineers (president 1927), North Carolina Society of Engrs; member Pacific Society Engrs.


  • Stevens, John F. was born on April 25, 1853 in W. Gardiner, Maine, United States. Son of John and Harriet Stevens.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Laws, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, 1922. D.E., University of North Carolina, University of Michigan, Polytechnic Institute Brooklyn: married Harriet T. O’Brien, of Dallas, Texas, January 6, 1877.


    • Assistant engineer City of Minneapolis, 1874-1876. Chief engineer Sabine Pass & North-Western Railway, 1876-1879. Assistant engineer D. & R. G. Railway, 1879-1880, C., M. & St. P. Railway, 1880-1882.

      Div. engineer Canadian Pacific Railway, 1882-1886. Assistant engineer C., M. & St. P. Railway, 1886. Principal assistant engineer Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway, 1887-1889.

      Assistant engineer Spokane Falls & Northern Railway, 1889. Principal assistant engineer, 1889-1893, assistant chief engineer, 1893-1895, chief engineer, 1895-1902, general manager, 1902-1903, G.N. Railway. Chief engineer, 1903-1904, 2d vice president, 1904-1905, C.,Rhode Island & P. Railway Company.

      Chief engineer Panama Canal, 1905-April 1, 1907. Chairman Isthmian Canal Commission, February-March 1907. Vice president New York,N.H.&H. R.R., in charge operation, August, 1907-1909.

      President Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway, Oregon Electric Railway, Oregon Trunk Railway, Pacific & Eastern Railway, 1909-1911. Head of America Railway Mission to Russia, 1917-1918. President Inter-Allied Technology Board, supervising Siberian rys., 1919-1923.

      Director B.&O.R.R.Co. Honorary member American Society of Civil Engineers (president 1927), North Carolina Society of Engineers. Member Pacific Society Engineers, Chinese-American Association Engineers, Engineers Club of Philadelphia.


    Member American Society of Civil Engineers (president 1927), North Carolina Society of Engrs. Member Pacific Society Engrs.


    • father: John Stevens
    • mother: Harriet Stevens
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    Born April 25, 1853