John Findley

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Findley was born in Fall River, Massachusetts back in 1852, to David and Martha. He graduated from Monmouth College in 1872, moving on to the University of Wooster and earning Sc.D from Armour Institute in 1904. He was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904 for a project.

At the time, he was paid $25,000.00 per year having the second largest salary in the American Government, behind only by the salary received by the President. He resigned from the project returning to the United States in 1906. Back at the States he conceived and designed the passenger terminal facilities for the Chicago and Northwester Railway. From 1911-1916, he was president of Westinghouse, Church, Kerr and Company. He was president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Railway Engineering Association and Western Society of Engineers. He died in New York in 1921, he was 68.

What you may not know about John Findley Wallace is that the project President Theodore Roosevelt assigned him to was the Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal from 1904-1906.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. John was indeed a talented man! Enjoy your day!

Oct 14, 2018 03:54 AM #1
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

That salary now sounds like peanuts commensurate to the undertaking of that project. I'll think of John when I'm passing through.

Oct 14, 2018 04:03 AM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 The work he did on the Panama Canal must’ve been first class to last this long James Dray 

Oct 14, 2018 04:55 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

The amount of both time and money saved so much for the shipping industry.

Oct 14, 2018 05:07 AM #4
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I used to cross the Panama Canal every day for a year when I lived in Panama - our school was on the other side of the canal and it was an amazingly impressive place to see - the locks are massive and the ships are huge - I loved watching the ships transit the Canal 

Oct 14, 2018 05:18 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

For once I have guessed what he did before you delivered the answer. 

Oct 14, 2018 05:59 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A paltry sum for the amount of money it saved shipping companies.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 14, 2018 06:06 AM #7
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another nice piece of history shared here today.... enjoy you Sunday.... we have 2 games being played today!!! Go Pats...Go Sox....

Oct 14, 2018 07:14 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like a very smart man and now I know of the person that designed the Panama Canal.

Oct 14, 2018 07:19 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


John certainly deserved to be so well paid.  The Panama Canal made ship transport so much easier.  A

Oct 14, 2018 07:53 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, what a project, the Panama Canal back in those days, I never knew it was that early of a project.


Oct 14, 2018 08:29 AM #11
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

James Dray certainly a talented man and what a project...his achievements are certainly laudable!

Oct 14, 2018 11:40 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now THAT was quite the project!!!! I am always amazed at how someone thinks up these projects. 

Oct 14, 2018 01:11 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

Wow, another very impressive individual in history Never been through the Panama Canal but have read about it - quite an engineering feat!


Oct 14, 2018 10:30 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I had no idea and indeed that was a huge salary way back then, quiet frankly some Realtors would wish if they had that salary in 2018....Endre

Oct 14, 2018 11:38 PM #15
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