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George Herndon Pegram

civil engineer

George Herndon Pegram, American civil engineer.


Pegram, George Herndon was born on December 29, 1855 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States. Son of Captain Benjamin Rush and Mercy Adelaide (Robbins) Pegram.


C.E., Washington University, 1877, Master of Arts, 1905, Doctor of Laws from the same university in 1928.


H. (deceased). Engineer on construction Utah & Northern Railway of Idaho, 1877-1878. Principal assistant to C. Shaler Smith, bridge engineer, 1878-1880. Chief engineer Edge Moor Iron Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1880-1886.

Construction engineering, New York, 1886-1889. Construction engineering, Mo.P. R.R., 1889-1893. Chief engineer U.P. System, 1893-1898.

Was also construction engineering Pioneer Electric Power Company during construction of its plants at Ogden and Salt Lake City. Chief engineer Manhattan Elevated R.R., 1898-1905, Interborough Rapid Transit Company, since 1905, also Rapid Transit Subway Construction Company, since 1905, and New York Rys. Company, since 1912. Was designer Kansas City Elevated R.R. and St. Louis Union Station.

Invented and patented Pegram truss for bridges, 1889. Designed and built combined highway and railway bridge across Arkansas River at Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1890. Home: South Orange, New Jersey.


Married Jessie Mirrielees Crawford, September 8, 1897. Children: Jean Forsyth, Mercy Robbins, Geo.

Captain Benjamin Rush Pegram

Mercy Adelaide (Robbins) Pegram

Jessie Mirrielees Crawford

Jean Forsyth Pegram

Mercy Robbins Pegram

Geo Pegram