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George Washington Whistler

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Birthplace: Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Death: Died in город Санкт-Петербург, Россия
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Son of Captain John Whistler and Anna Whistler
Husband of Mary Roberdeau Swift and Anna Mathilda Whistler
Father of Catherine Whistler; George William William Whistler; James Abbott McNeill Whistler; William McNeill Whistler and N.N. Whistler
Brother of Willam Whistler; Catherine Whistler Hamilton; Edward Whistler; Hannah Whistler; Sarah Whistler and 4 others
Half brother of <private> Whistler; <private> Whistler; Willam Whistler and Catherine Whistler Hamilton

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About George Washington Whistler

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Whistler

George W. Whistler (Fort Wayne, Indiana, May 19, 1800 – April 7, 1849 in Saint Petersburg, Russia) was a prominent American railroad engineer in the first half of the 19th century.


George was born at the military outpost of Fort Wayne which his father, John Whistler, had helped build. His mother was Anna Bishop, daughter of Sir Edward Bishop of Great Britain.


He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1819 and served as a Civil Engineer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers and retired as a Major in 1833. In 1834 he became Chief Engineer at the Proprietors of Locks and Canals in the new city of Lowell, Massachusetts. During his time in Lowell, he was responsible for early American locomotive designs, and his sons, James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) and William McNeill Whistler (1836–1900) were born. He left Lowell in 1837 and was followed by his apprentice, James B Francis. He took up a position with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, which sent him to England to learn more about railroad technology. He was involved in the construction of several U.S. railroads, including the Baltimore and Susquehanna, Stonington, and Western (Massachusetts) railroads. In 1835, he worked with Patrick Tracy Jackson to begin the Boston & Lowell Railroad. The same year, along with William Gibbs McNeill, he designed the Boston & Providence Railroad which included the famous Canton Viaduct which has been in continuous service for 174 years.


Working in Russia


In 1842 Whistler was employed by Engineer Melnikov as a Consultant on the building of Russia's first major railroad, the Moscow-Saint Petersburg Railway. Whistler is said to have designed two bridges on this railway similar to the Canton Viaduct but this has never been confirmed. A scale model bridge of similar design to the Canton Viaduct is on display at the Oktyabrsky Railroad Museum in St. Petersburg. For his efforts he was awarded the Order of St. Anna from Tsar Nicholas I . While working on this project, he contracted cholera and died in St. Petersburg two years before the line was completed. He is credited with selecting the five-foot rail gauge still used in Russia and neighboring countries.


Whistler's Father


Whistler's first wife, Mary R. Swift, died in 1827, after they had had three children, a girl and two boys. He later married Anna Matilda McNeill, with whom he had five sons. Whistler's Mother, a portrait of Anna, by their first son, James McNeill Whistler, is among the most famous paintings in American art.


Stone arch railroad bridges built by George Washington Whistler in 1841 are still in freight and passenger service on the CSX mainline in western Massachusetts.


He was the first Civil Engineer in America to use contour lines to show elevation and relief on maps.

-------------------- Prominent railroad engineer, on Wikipedia

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George Washington Whistler's Timeline

1800
May 19, 1800
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
1807
January 19, 1807
Age 6
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
1821
January 23, 1821
Age 20
Orange, New York, United States
1822
1822
Age 21
New London, Connecticut
1831
November 3, 1831
Age 31
New York, New York, New York, United States
1834
July 10, 1834
Age 34
Lowell, MA, USA
1836
July 22, 1836
Age 36
Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1849
April 7, 1849
Age 48
город Санкт-Петербург, Россия
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