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John F. Stevens

civil engineer.

John F. Stevens, American civil engineer. Awarded Fritz medal for “great achievements.” 1925; gold medal, Franklin Institute; Hoover medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1939. member American Society of Civil Engineers (president 1927), North Carolina Society of Engrs; member Pacific Society Engrs.


Stevens, John F. was born on April 25, 1853 in W. Gardiner, Maine, United States. Son of John and Harriet Stevens.


Doctor of Laws, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, 1922. D.E., University of North Carolina, University of Michigan, Polytechnic Institute Brooklyn: married Harriet T. O’Brien, of Dallas, Texas, January 6, 1877.


Assistant engineer City of Minneapolis, 1874-1876. Chief engineer Sabine Pass & North-Western Railway, 1876-1879. Assistant engineer D. & R. G. Railway, 1879-1880, C., M. & St. P. Railway, 1880-1882.

Div. engineer Canadian Pacific Railway, 1882-1886. Assistant engineer C., M. & St. P. Railway, 1886. Principal assistant engineer Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway, 1887-1889.

Assistant engineer Spokane Falls & Northern Railway, 1889. Principal assistant engineer, 1889-1893, assistant chief engineer, 1893-1895, chief engineer, 1895-1902, general manager, 1902-1903, G.N. Railway. Chief engineer, 1903-1904, 2d vice president, 1904-1905, C.,Rhode Island & P. Railway Company.

Chief engineer Panama Canal, 1905-April 1, 1907. Chairman Isthmian Canal Commission, February-March 1907. Vice president New York,N.H.&H. R.R., in charge operation, August, 1907-1909.

President Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway, Oregon Electric Railway, Oregon Trunk Railway, Pacific & Eastern Railway, 1909-1911. Head of America Railway Mission to Russia, 1917-1918. President Inter-Allied Technology Board, supervising Siberian rys., 1919-1923.

Director B.&O.R.R.Co. Honorary member American Society of Civil Engineers (president 1927), North Carolina Society of Engineers. Member Pacific Society Engineers, Chinese-American Association Engineers, Engineers Club of Philadelphia.


Member American Society of Civil Engineers (president 1927), North Carolina Society of Engrs. Member Pacific Society Engrs.


John Stevens

Harriet Stevens