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George Washington Gale Ferris

civil engineer

George Washington Gale Ferris, American civil engineer.

Background

Ferris, George Washington Gale was born on February 14, 1859 in Galesburg, Illinois, United States. Son of George W.G. and Martha (Hyde) Ferris.

Education

Engineering degree Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1881.

Career

Helped locate 78 miles of proposed Baltimore, Cincinnati & Western R.R. in W. Virginia, also a narrowgauge road, Putnam County, New York. Engineer, later general manager Queens City Coal Mining Company (W. Virginia), 1882. Organized firm G.W.G. Ferris & Company, 1886, conducted mill and shop-work inspection and testing throughout country, interested in large structural engineering projects.

Constructed bridges across Ohio River at Wheeling, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Designed Ferris wheel for World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, considered most spectacular feature of Exposition.

Connections

Married Margaret Beatty.

father:
George W.G. Ferris

mother:
Martha (Hyde) Ferris

spouse:
Margaret Beatty.