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William David Pence

civil engineer.

William David Pence, American civil engineer. Awarded Octave Chanute medal, Western Society Engineers (thermal expansion of concrete), 1901. President Indiana Engineering Society, 1903-1905; member American Society of Civil Engineers, American Railway Engineering Association (editor publications, 1903-1915; director 1915-1918), Western Society Engineers, Society Promotion Engineering Education, Alpha Tau Omega, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi.

Background

Pence, William David was born on November 26, 1865 in at Columbus, Indiana, United States. Son of David and Nancy (Hart) Pence.

Education

Student of University of Illinois, 1883-1886, C.E., 1895.

Career

Assistant and resident engineer, A.T.&San Francisco Railway, 1886-1892. Instructor, assistant professor and associate professor civil engineering, University of Illinois, 1892-1899. Professor civil engineering, Purdue University, 1899-1906.

Professor railway engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1906-1915. Editor publications American Railway Engineering Association, 1903-1915. Member United States Commission Investigation Drainage Kankakee Marsh Region, 1904-1906.

Chief engineer Wisconsin Railway Commission, and Wisconsin Tax Commission, 1906-1913. Member engineering board Interstate Commerce Commission, in charge of Central District, federal valuation of rys., May 1913-November 1921. Consulting practice.

Works

  • Author: Stand Pipe Accidents and Failures in the United States, 1895. Surveying Manual (with Milo S. Ketchum), 1900, 1904, 1915, 1932. Also technical papers dealing with Structural analysis, public regulation, railways, terminal air rights, etc.

Membership

Member United States Commission Investigation Drainage Kankakee Marsh Region, 1904-1906. Member engineering board Interstate Commerce Commission, in charge of Central District, federal valuation of rys., May 1913-November 1921.

Connections

Married Charlotte Gaston, December 31, 1888 (died May 6, 1938). Children: Ada (Mistress.

father:
David Pence

mother:
Nancy (Hart) Pence

spouse:
Charlotte Gaston

child:
Ada (Mrs Pence