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Edward Orton

engineer , manufacturer

Edward Orton, American engineer, manufacturer.


Orton, Edward was born on October 8, 1863 in Chester, New York, United States. Son of Doctor Edward and Mary (Jennings) Orton.


Engineer of Mines, Ohio State University, 1884. Doctor of Science from Rutgers College, New Jersey, 1922.


Chemist and superintendent blast furnaces, 1884-1888. 1st to regularly manufacturer “ferro-silicon,” or high silicon alloy of iron in the United States, Bessie Furnace New Straitsville, O., 1887-1888. Entered clay industries, 1888.

Managed several plants, 1888-1893. Began agitation, 1893, which resulted in establishing, 1894, of 1st school in the United States for instructor in technical of clay, glass and cement industries, of which was director until 1916. Dean College Engineering Ohio State University, 1902-1906 and 1910-1916.

Retired from university work, 1917. State geologist of Ohio, 1899-1906. Commissioned major, O.R.C., January 5, 1917.

Called into active service in motors division Question Manager Corps, May 9, 1917. Lieutenant colonel Motor Transport Corps, September 6, 1918.


Married Mary Princess Anderson, October 30, 1888 (died 1927). Married second, Mina Althea Orton, October 6, 1928.

Doctor Edward Orton

Mary (Jennings) Orton

Mary Princess Anderson

Mina Althea Orton