Engineer (1844 - 1903)

She was married on January 18th, 1865. After the death of her father-in-law, her husband became the engineer in charge of building the Brooklyn Bridge. He became paralyzed after an accident. Acting as his field engineer, she oversaw the final completion of the bridge. Her name is inscribed on the dedication plaque placed on the bridge.

She was the first woman to address the American Society of Civil Engineers.

With thanks to Donald P. Boudreaux, structural engineer, we have several references.

Bridges and their builders. Authors David B. Steinman and Sara Ruth Watson. Dover Publications, Inc

Sons of Martha. Civil Engineering Readings in Modern Literature. Collected and Edited by Augustine J. Fredrich, American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Great Bridge by David G. McCullough, Simon & Schuster, 1983

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