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Ora Miner Leland

Ora Miner Leland, American university dean, civil engineer.


  • Leland, Ora Miner was born on June 28, 1876 in Grand Haven, Michigan, United States. Son of George Spencer and Harriett Elizabeth (Perkins) Leland.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in C.E., University of Michigan, 1900, C.E., 1920.


    • Chief clerk and draftsman, office of surveyor-general of Florida, 1898-1899. In General Land Office (div. of surveys), Washington, District of Columbia, 1900, 03. Aid and computer, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, in the United States, Alaska and P.R., 1900-1903.

      Member of faculty College Civ. Engineering, Cornell Univercity, 1903-1920, head department of topographic and geodetic engineering, 1911-1920, professor geodesy and astronomy, 1916-1920. Engineering supervisor, J.G. White Engineering Corporation, 1920.

      Dean colls. of engineering, architecture, and chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1920-1936. Dean of administration, University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology, 1936-1944. Dean emeritus since 1944.

      Surveyor and chief of party to United States commissioner for demarcation of boundary between Alaska and Canada, 1904-1911. Member communications of Engineers in Costa Rica-Panama Boundary Arbitration, 1911-1913, Demarcation Commission, 1921. In service United States Army, as captain, major and lieutenant colonel engrs., April 1917-June 1919.

      With 303d Engineers, 78th Division, American Expeditionary Force, until November 1918. With 314th Engineers, 89th Division, American Expeditionary Force, November 1918-June 1919. Colonel commanding 313th Engineer Regiment, 88th Division, 1922-1940.

      Colonel inactive since 1940.


    • Author: Practical Least Squares.


    Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Society of Civil Engineers, American Association Engineers, American Society Engineering Education (ex-president). American Astronomical Society, Society American Military Engineers (director), Engineers.

    Club of Minneapolis, American Legion, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon (nat. honorary), Scabbard and Blade, Phalanx, Triangle.


    • Married Mary Yoeckel, June 28, 1906 (died October 2, 1913).; married second, Lottie Susan Potts, August 5, 1914. Children: Mary Louise (Mistress.
    • father: George Spencer Leland
    • mother: Harriett Elizabeth (Perkins) Leland
    • spouses: Mary Yoeckel
    • Lottie Susan Potts
    • child: Mary Louise (Mrs Leland
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