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Civil engineer , army officer

George Washington Whistler, American civil engineer, army officer. Decorated Order of St. Anne by Emperor of Russia, 1847.


Whistler, George Washington was born on May 19, 1800 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States. Son of John and Ann (Bishop) Whistler.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1819.


Commissioned Second lieutenant artillery United States Army, assigned to topographical duty, 1819-1821. Assistant drawing teacher United States Military Academy, 1821-1822. Surveyed international boundary between Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods.

Served in cabinet of the United States President as commissioner to make surveys, plans, estimates, 1826-1828, assigned to locate Baltimore and Susquehanna R.R., then Paterson and Hudson R.R., circa 1829. Resigned from United States Army as First lieutenant, 1833. Supervisor Providence & Stonington R.R., 1837.

Construction engineering Western R.R. of Massachusetts, chief engineer, 1840-1842. Began work in Russia, 1842, supervisor construction of fortifications and docks at Cronstadt, ran bridge over Neva River (both in Russia).


Married Mary Roberdeau Swift. Married second, Anna Mathilda McNeill, November 3, 1831.

John Whistler

Ann (Bishop) Whistler

Mary Roberdeau Swift

Anna Mathilda McNeill