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William Luther Sibert, American army officer. member Isthmian Canal Commn.


Sibert, William Luther was born on October 12, 1860 in Gadsden, Alabama, United States. Son of William J. and Marietta (Ward) Sibert.


University of Alabama, 1878-1880. Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1884.


Appointed Second lieutenant engrs., June 15, 1884. Graduate Engineer School of Application, 1887. First lieutenant, April 7, 1888.

Captain, March 31, 1896. Major, April 23, 1904. Lieutenant colonel, 1909.

Brigadier general United States of America and extended the thanks of Congress by act approved March 4, 1915. Major general, June 28, 1917. Retired, April 4, 1920.

Assistant engineer river work in Kentucky, 1887-1892. In construction ship channel connecting Great Lakes, 1892-1894. In charge engineering river and harbor district (Arkansas), 1894-1898.

Instructor civil engineering, Engineer School of Application, 1898-1899. Chief engineer 8th Army Corps, and chief engineer and general manager Manila & Dagupan R.R., 1899-1900. In charge engineering river and harbor districts (headquarters Louisville and Pittsburgh), 1900-1907.

Member Isthmian Canal Commission, March 1907-April 1914. Built the Gatun Locks and Dam, Panama Canal, the west breakwater, Colon Harbor, and excavated channel from Gatun to Atlantic Ocean. Under the joint auspices of the American National Red Cross and the Chinese Government, served as Chairman of the Board engrs. on flood prevention problem, Huai River Valley, China, June-October 1914.

Assigned as commander 1st Division, American troops in France, under Major General Pershing, June 1917. Commander Southeastern Department, at Charleston, South Carolina., January-May 1918. Director Chemical Warfare Service, United States of America, which he organized, May 1918-February 1920.

Chairman, chief engineer Alabama State Docks Commission, November 26, since 1923. Chairman of the Board engrs. and geologists appointed July 1928, with approval of President of the United States, to report on economic and engineering feasibility of Boulder Dam. President American Association of Port Authorities, 1929-1930.

Distinguished Service Medal (United States). Commander Legion of Honor (French). Home: Bowling Green, Ky.


Member Isthmian Canal Commn.


Married Mary Margaret Cummings, September 1887.; married second, Evelyn Clyne Bairnsfather, of Edinburgh, Scotland, June 8, 1922. Children: William Olin, Franklin Cummings, Harold Ward, Edwin Luther, Martin David, Mary Elizabeth.

William J. Sibert

Marietta (Ward) Sibert

Mary Margaret Cummings

Evelyn Clyne Bairnsfather

Martin David Sibert

Mary Elizabeth Sibert

Edwin Luther Sibert

William Olin Sibert

Franklin Cummings Sibert

Harold Ward Sibert