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Jay Turley

Jay Turley, American engineer. Member Idaho National Guard, 1894-1898; Mason (32°). Opposed, 1925, building of St. Francis Dam, near Los Angeles, California, which burst in 1928.

Background

  • Turley, Jay was born on April 16, 1877 in Beaver City, Utah, United States. Son of Omner and Louisa Ann (Woodhouse) Turley.

  • Education

    • Both born west of Rocky Mts. Ran away from home at 17 to attend school. Matriculated in Oregon State Agricultural College, 1895.

      But did not graduate. Special advanced studies in University of Texas and George Washington University.

    Career

    • Appointed United States deputy surveyor for Idaho, 1899, for New Mexico, 1900-1906. Formulating extensive irrigation projects in Rio San Juan, New Mexico, since 1901. Made original draft of irrigation laws for State of New Mexico, 1903-1905.

      Construction engineering for New Mexico in suit against Texas over boundary along Rio Grande, 1913-1916, 1921, 25. Admitted to practice law, New Mexico, 1916, District of Columbia, and Supreme Court of the United States, 1921.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Member Idaho National Guard, 1894-1898. Mason (32°). Opposed, 1925, building of St. Francis Dam, near Los Angeles, California, which burst in 1928.

    Connections

    • Married Urna Bradford Hickox, September 7, 1904 (divorced April.
    • father: Omner Turley
    • mother: Louisa Ann (Woodhouse) Turley
    • spouse: Urna Bradford Hickox
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    Born April 16, 1877
    Died September 17, 1942
    (aged 65)
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