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Ora Miner Leland

university dean , civil engineer.

Ora Miner Leland, American university dean, civil engineer.


Leland, Ora Miner was born on June 28, 1876 in Grand Haven, Michigan, United States. Son of George Spencer and Harriett Elizabeth (Perkins) Leland.


Bachelor of Science in C.E., University of Michigan, 1900, C.E., 1920.


Chief clerk and draftsman, office of surveyor-general of Florida, 1898-1899. In General Land Office (div. of surveys), Washington, District of Columbia, 1900, 03. Aid and computer, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, in the United States, Alaska and P.R., 1900-1903.

Member of faculty College Civ. Engineering, Cornell Univercity, 1903-1920, head department of topographic and geodetic engineering, 1911-1920, professor geodesy and astronomy, 1916-1920. Engineering supervisor, J.G. White Engineering Corporation, 1920.

Dean colls. of engineering, architecture, and chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1920-1936. Dean of administration, University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology, 1936-1944. Dean emeritus since 1944.

Surveyor and chief of party to United States commissioner for demarcation of boundary between Alaska and Canada, 1904-1911. Member communications of Engineers in Costa Rica-Panama Boundary Arbitration, 1911-1913, Demarcation Commission, 1921. In service United States Army, as captain, major and lieutenant colonel engrs., April 1917-June 1919.

With 303d Engineers, 78th Division, American Expeditionary Force, until November 1918. With 314th Engineers, 89th Division, American Expeditionary Force, November 1918-June 1919. Colonel commanding 313th Engineer Regiment, 88th Division, 1922-1940.

Colonel inactive since 1940.


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Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Society of Civil Engineers, American Association Engineers, American Society Engineering Education (ex-president). American Astronomical Society, Society American Military Engineers (director), Engineers.

Club of Minneapolis, American Legion, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon (nat. honorary), Scabbard and Blade, Phalanx, Triangle.


Married Mary Yoeckel, June 28, 1906 (died October 2, 1913).; married second, Lottie Susan Potts, August 5, 1914. Children: Mary Louise (Mistress.

George Spencer Leland

Harriett Elizabeth (Perkins) Leland

Mary Yoeckel

Lottie Susan Potts

Mary Louise (Mrs Leland