Edgar Jadwin Edit Profile
Student Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1884-1886. Graduate head of class, United States Military Academy, 1890. Graduate Engineer School of Application, 1893.
Honorary Doctor Engineering, Lafayette, 1925.
He was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Jadwin served with engineer troops in 1891–1895 and was lieutenant colonel of the 3d U.S. Volunteer Engineers in the Spanish–American War. After serving as district engineer at the expanding ports of Los Angeles and Galveston, he was selected by General Goethals as an assistant in the construction of the Panama Canal, on which he worked from 1907 to 1911.
Jadwin served in 1911-1916 in the Office of the Chief of Engineers focusing on bridge and road matters. Upon the United States' entry into World War I in 1917, he recruited the 15th Engineers, a railway construction regiment, and led it to France. He directed American construction and forestry work there for a year and received the Distinguished Service Medal.
At the conclusion of the war, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Jadwin to investigate conditions in Poland in 1919. From 1922 to 1924, Jadwin headed the Corps' Charleston District and Southeast Division. He then served two years as Assistant Chief of Engineers.
As Chief of Engineers he sponsored the plan for Mississippi River flood control that was adopted by the United States Congress in May 1928. Jadwin retired as a lieutenant general on August 7, 1929. He died in Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone on March 2, 1931, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
The Vicksburg, Mississippi district of the Army Corps Of Engineers operates a large inland river dredge named after Edgar Jadwin. The dredge Jadwin is used to keep a federally mandated channel depth of no less than 9 feet and width of 300 feet. The Jadwin mainly operates on the Lower Mississippi River between the areas above Vicksburg, Mississippi to the ship channels of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and New Orleans, Louisiana.
The dredge is one of 3 Corps owned dredges classified as a "dustpan" dredge, due to the shape of the suction/cutting head which resembles a dustpan.
Member American Mission to Poland, 1919. Served as senior; member American section Joint Engineering Board St. Lawrence Waterway Project and as senior. Member Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors.
Married Jean Laubach, October 6, 1891. Children: Charlotte (Mistress Thomas G. Hearn), Cornelius C. (United States Cavalry.