John Ripley Freeman was born in West Bridgton, Maine back in 1855. He attended the country school in his home town before studying civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor of Science at the Department of Civil Engineering in 1876. He also received his BSc in 1878.
After he graduated, he worked at the Essex water power company. In 1886, he moved to Boston working for the Associated Mutual Fire Insurance Company as engineer and inspector. He was president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics during WWI. He died in 1932, he was 77.
What you may not know about John is that he designed and helped build the Charles River Dam, advised the government on dam and lock foundations for the Panama Canal. He was the design engineer for the Lake Spaulding Dam, the Holter Dam, the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct, the Keokuk Dam and the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
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