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William Carey Coffin

architect , engineer

William Carey Coffin, American engineer, architect. Member council National Civil Service Reform Association, 1908-1918; member Federal Trades Committee of Chamber of Commerce United States of America, 1913-1918; Member American Iron and Steel Institute, Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.; Mason (32°).

Background

Coffin, William Carey was born on September 7, 1862 in Pittsburgh. Son of William Carey and Jane McCormick (Osborne) Coffin.

Education

C.E., Western University of Pennsylvania (now University of Pittsburgh), 1883. Doctor of Science, University of Pittsburgh, 1936.

Career

With Keystone Bridge Company, 1883. Chief engineer Fort Pitt Boiler Works 1883-1885. With Riter-Conley Manufacturing Company, 1885-1908, vice president from incorporation, 1898.

Assistant general sales agent Jones & Laughlin Steel Company, 1909-1915. Vice president Blaw-Knox Company, 1915-1923. Engineer and architect, 1923-1927, is now retired.

Designed and built some of the largest blast furnaces, steel plants and oil refineries in the United States and Canada and secured many large contracts in the United States and foreign countries, including electric power houses in Dublin, Ireland, Glasgow, Scotland, and Bristol, England. Later designed and built several residences at Miami Beach, Florida.

Works

  • Author: Governmental Regulation of Cooperation in Trade, Seeds of Progress and Success, New Approach to Spiritual Revival, The Place of Big Business in a Democracy, Enduring Faith. Also studies of social economic conditions in Europe, and S. America. Technical consultant War Manpower Commission.

Membership

Member council National Civil Service Reform Association, 1908-1918. Member Federal Trades Committee of Chamber of Commerce United States of America, 1913-1918. Member American Iron and Steel Institute, Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.

Mason (32°).

Connections

Married Vida Hurst, 1889.

father:
William Carey Coffin

mother:
Jane McCormick (Osborne) Coffin

spouse:
Vida Hurst