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William Ashburner Cattell

civil engineer

William Ashburner Cattell, American civil engineer. Mason.


Cattell, William Ashburner was born on June 16, 1863 in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. Son of Review Thomas W. (Doctor of Philosophy.) and Anna C. (Ashburner) C.


C.E., Lafayette College, 1884.


Assistant engineer, State Board of R.R. Assessors, New Jersey, and later on preliminary location surveys for A.,T.&San Francisco R.R. in Kansas and Indiana Ty., 1884-1889. Assistant chief engineer, construction Long Island R.R., 1889-1897. Consulting practice, New York, 1897-1905.

Construction engineering for E. H. Rollins & Sons, San Francisco, on various projects, 1905-1908, including Western Pacific Railroad. Report for Hirsch Syndicate, Ltd., London, on Valdez-Yukon R.R. project in Alaska. Chief engineer Clear Lake Power and Irrigation project, also the Trona Railway.

Construction engineering San Francisco-Oakland Terminal Rys., Peoples Water Company, Los Angeles Railway Corporation General consulting practice, San Francisco, 1908-1917. Member Cattell, Howard & Ashton, 1917. Commissioned major, Engineer R.C., March 1, 1917.

Ordered to active duty, December 28, 1917. At Camp Lee, Virginia, January 5-February 22, 1918. Staff duty Office Chief of Engineers, Washington, in charge of history unit, February 23, 1918-September 30, 1919.




Married Jennie W. Woodhull, September 17, 1889.

Review Thomas W. Cattell

Jennie W. Woodhull