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Daniel Harrington

mining engineer

Daniel Harrington, American mining engineer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal by Department Interior, 1948; Industrial Achievement Medal, Colorado School Mines, 1948; Special Award Medal, Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association, 1948.


Harrington, Daniel was born on April 26, 1878 in Denver, Colorado, United States. Son of Daniel M. and Margaret (Gleeson) Harrington.


Engineer of Mines, Colorado School of Mines, 1900.


Engineer with Utah Fuel Company, 1900-1907. United States Smelting Company, 1907. Consultant mining practice, Salt Lake City, 1908-1909.

Mine superintendent Big Horn Collieries Company, Wyoming, 1910-1914. Mining engineer and supervising mining engineer, United States Bureau Mines, 1914-1924. Consultant practice, Salt Lake City, 1924-1926.

Chief engineer Safety Division United States Bureau Mines. Washington, 1926-1933, chief health and safety branch, January 1933-May 1948.


  • Author: Improved Methods of Mining in Oklahoma (with J. J. Rutledge), 1918. Accident Prevention in Mines of Butte, Montana, 1920. Ventilation in Metal Mines, 1921.

    Miners Consumption in Butte, Montana (with A. J. Lanza), 1921. Lessons from Granite Mountain Shaft Fire, 1922. Underground Ventilation at Butte, 1923.

    Metal-Mine Fires (with B. O. Pickard and H. M. Wolflin), 1923. Gases that Occur in Metal Mines (with E. H. Denny), 1931. Preventing Accidents by the Proper Use of Permissible Explosives (with Singapore Polytechnic Howell), 1936.

    Review of Literature on Effects of Breathing Dusts with Special Reference to Silicosis (with S. J. Davenport), 1937. Allaying Dust in Bituminous Coal Mines with Water (with J. J. Forbes and others), 1939. The Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association and Its Awards (with Louis Pedlow and Anna P. Brown), 1940.

    Barricading as a Life-Saving Measure in Connection with Mine Fires and Explosions (with W. J. Fene), 1941. Some Essential Safety Factors in Tunnelling (with S. H. Ash), 1942. All United States Bureau Mines.

    Writer of more than 300 articles on health and safety in mining.


Member American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Mine Inspectors Institute of America, National Safety Council, Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute, Coal Mining Institute of America, Washington School Safety Engineers, Kentucky Mining Institute. Member (honorary life) American Association Safety Engineers. Member National Mine Rescue Association, American Standards Association, Federal Fire Council, National Fire Waste Council, Interdepartmental Safety Council.

Club: Cosmos (Washington).


Married Lauretta E. Anderson, August 19, 1903. Children: Marguerite (deceased), Mary Helen, Florence, Ceile Bernice.

Daniel M. Harrington

Margaret (Gleeson) Harrington

Lauretta E. Anderson

Marguerite Harrington (deceased)

Mary Helen Harrington

Florence Harrington

Ceile Bernice Harrington