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William Henry Harrison

communications engineer

William Henry Harrison, American communications engineer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal, 1945; Honorary Commander Order British Empire, 1946; Hoover Medal, 1946; Cross French Legion of Honor (Officer) 1947. Director Nassau Hospital; member board governor New York Hospital; trustee Pratt Institute, Manhattan College. Member American Institute Electric Engineers (expresident), Newcomen Society, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi.


Harrison, William Henry was born on June 11, 1892 in Brooklyn. Son of John and Ann (Terahin) Harrison.


Student Pratt Institute, 1913-1915. D. Engineering (honorary), Polytech. Institute Brooklyn, 1938.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Notre Dame U., 1939, Hofstra College, 1951. 1). England (honorary) Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, 1946, Manhattan College, 1950. Master of Procurement (honorary), Signal Supply School, Fort Horabird, Maryland., 1952.


Repairman and wireman, New York Telephone Сompany, 1909-1914. In engineering department, Western Electric Company, New York, New York, 1914-1918. Engineer equipment and building engineer, and plant engineer, American Telephone and Telegraph County, New York City, 1918-1933.

Vice-president and director The Bell Telephone Сompany of Pennsylvania and The Diamond State Telephone Сompany, 1933-1937. Assistant vice president, American Telephone and Telegraph Company. New York City, 1937-1938.

Vice-president and chief engineer, 1938-1945, vice president department operational engineering, 1945-1948, president, director, since 1948. Chairman divisions of International Tel. & Tel. Corporation, subsidiaries.

Director subsidiary companies Chief Shipbuilding, Construction and Supplies Branch, Office of Production Management, 1941-1942. Director of Production, West Palm Beach, 1942. Appointed brigadier general, United States Army, 1942, major general, 1943.

Director construction division National Defense council, 1940. Director of procurement and distribution service, Office of Chief Signal Officer, 1943-1945. Administrator N.P.A., 1950-1951, D.P.A., 1951.


Member American Institute Electric Engineers (expresident), Newcomen Society, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi. Clubs: University, Downtown Athletic (New York).


Married Mabel Gilchrist Ouchterloney, April.

John Harrison

Ann (Terahin) Harrison

Mabel Gilchrist Ouchterloney