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Robert Bruce Brinsmade

mining engineer

Robert Bruce Brinsmade, American mining engineer.


Brinsmade, Robert Bruce was born on August 27, 1873 in Elmira, New York, United States. Son of Hobart and Ella Mary (Lyon) Brinsmade.


Bachelor of Science in Mining, Washington University, 1894. Engineer of Mines, Lehigh University, 1895.


Mining engineer, various mining companies of Montana, 1896-1899, War Eagle Mine, Rossland, B.C., 1899-1900. Metallurgist, Columbia and other mining companies, Missouri, 1900-1901. Mine and smelter superintendent at Cordoba, Argentina, S.A., 1901-1902.

Designing engineer, Ordnance Bureau United States of America, Rock Island, Illinois, 1902-1903, Solvay Coke Company, Syracuse, New York, 1903-1904. Superintendent Rossie Iron Mines, St. Lawrence County, New York, 1904-1905. Professor mining engineering, State Mining College, Socorro, New Mexico, 1905-1906.

Consulting engineer, St. Louis, 1906-1907. Organizer and director State Mining School, Platteville, Wisconsin, 1907-1908. Mining exploration, San Domingo, West Indies, 1908-1909.

Professor mining engineering, University of West Virginia, 1909-1911. Consulting practice, since 1911. Economist Mexican Ministry of Finance, 1920-1924.


  • Author: Mining Without Timber, 1911. Latifundismo Mexicano, 1916. Catastro Democratico, 1926.

    Exploring Spanish America, 1927. Mexican Religious Crisis, 1928. What’s the Use of Working?, 1931.

    Silver Cure for Uncle Sam, 1933. Engineer’s Cure for Plutocracy, 1936.


Married Helen Christine Steenbock, July 24, 1909. Children: Virginia Skidmore, Robert Turgot, Harold Steenbock, Akbar Fairchild, Lyon Rufus, Alan Bruce, Christine.

Hobart Brinsmade

Ella Mary (Lyon) Brinsmade

Helen Christine Steenbock

Virginia Skidmore Brinsmade

Robert Turgot Brinsmade

Harold Steenbock Brinsmade

Akbar Fairchild Brinsmade

Lyon Rufus Brinsmade

Alan Bruce Brinsmade

Christine Brinsmade