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Roebling, Washington Augustus (Civil Engineer) (1837-1926)



  • Existence: 1837-1926
  • Existence: 1837 - 1926

Biographical Note

Washington Augustus Roebling, son of John Augustus and Johanna (Herting) Roebling was born in Saxonburg, Butler County, Pennsylvania on May 26th, 1837. Washington was 13 when his family moved to Trenton, New Jersey, where his father established a factory for the production of wire rope. He attended Trenton Academy for four years, and then entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, America’s leading engineering school at the time. Washington graduated from Rensselaer in 1857 with a degree in civil engineering.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Roebling collection

Identifier: MC 4

The Roebling Collection documents the personal and professional activities of John A. Roebling and Washington A. Roebling; and business activities of the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company.  The material dates from 1824 to 1926 with the bulk of the material dating from 1844 to 1883.

Dates: Created: 1824 - 1926; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1958

Washington A. Roebling papers

 Collection — 2 boxes
Identifier: MC 64
Scope and Contents These volumes consist primarily of lecture notes for courses in physics, mechanics, natural history, and other topics studied by Roebling at Rensselaer during the 1850s. Lectures were delivered by Benjamin Franklin Greene, William Elderhorst, S. Edward Warren, Edward A.H. Allen and Charles Drown. There are two drawings of machinery from the John A. Roebling Factory, 1857. The Rensselaer curriculum of the day Washington described as "that terrible treadmill of forcing an avalanche of figures...
Dates: Created: 1854-1857