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Frank Woodward Skinner


Frank Woodward Skinner, American engineer. Member American Society of Civil Engineers; member Connecticut Civ. Engineers’ and Surveyors’ Association.


Skinner, Frank Woodward was born on June 6, 1858 in Brownville, New York, United States. Son of Horace and Harriet Emery Skinner.


Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Cornell, 1879.


Assistant engineer Pittsburg Bridge Company, on reconstruction of Niagara R.R. suspension bridge. With Delaware Bridge Company. Bridge engineer New Jersey Steel & Iron Company.

Resident engineer Dominion Bridge Company, Montreal. Engineer of bridges, St. Paul & N.P. Railroad Company, building large bridges across St. John’s and Mississippi rivers. Practicing as consulting and expert constructional engineer since 1886, Associate editor The Engineering Record.

Since 1898, nonresident lecturer in charge of course in field engineering, College of Civil Engineering, Cornell Univercity. Lecturer on field engineering, McGill University, Yale, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute Technology, etc. Inventor of many important improvements in sheet piles, foundation construction, and reinforced concrete building design and construction.


  • Author: Types and Details of Bridge Construction, 1906. Contributor to mags. and technical publications.


Member American Society of Civil Engineers. Member Connecticut Civ. Engineers’ and Surveyors’ Association.


Married Rachel Sumner, of Buffalo, New York, September 7, 1881.

Horace Skinner

Harriet Emery Skinner

Rachel Sumner