Ambrosio de los Santos Magsaysay (1885 - 1966) MP

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Death: Died in Manila, NCR, Philippines
Cause of death: Cerebral thrombosis
Occupation: Professor, Civil Engineer, Shipping Executive
Managed by: Renato Pleno
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About Ambrosio de los Santos Magsaysay

My grandfather was second to the youngest of six surviving siblings. He was academically inclined whereas his siblings like their father Domingo engaged in commerce, tradescraft, or farmed which did not require much formal schooling (but at which they were successful). While attending high school at the Ateneo in Manila, he was singled out and chosen from among 20,000 bright students all over the country to be educated in America's best colleges. At 19, he and about 30 other youths left for the US in 1904 where he at first was sent to an agricultural college in Ames, Iowa. Preferring a career in civil engineering, he moved to Cornell in Ithaca, New York where he graduated in 1909.

After a short stint working in Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, he returned to the Philippines and joined the faculty of the newly formed UP college of engineering. In recognition of his teaching and research, he was appointed professorial chair of engineering.Prior to WWII, President Quezon called him from academia and asked him to head the new Metropolitan Waterworks Admininistration and to build the system that supples water to all of Greater Manila and the new capital Quezon City. His services to the public continued on even in his private enterprise. He cofounded A. Magsaysay, Inc., a pioneer in training and creating a demand for Filipino seamen to man merchant ships all over the world.

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Ambrosio Magsaysay's Timeline

1885
1885
1904
1904
- 1900
Age 19
Manila, Philippines
1905
1905
- present
Age 20
Ames, Iowa, United States
1906
1906
- 1909
Age 21
Ithaca, New York, United States
1910
1910
- 1911
Age 25
Kansas, United States
1911
1911
Age 26
1911
- 1916
Age 26
Manila, Philippines
1912
September 8, 1912
Age 27
Manila, NCR, Philippines
1915
1915
Age 30
1916
1916
- 1919
Age 31
Bureau of Public Works