Biography of William G. Raymond
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Raymond, William Galt, was born at Princeton, Iowa, March 2, 1859. He was prepared for college at the grammar and high schools in Leavenworth, Kansas, and at the Kansas State University took an engineering course. In 1879, 1880 and 1881 he was employed on surveys and construction for the Kansas Pacific Railroad and the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad, and in 1881 entered the Washington University at St. Louis, Mo., where he remained for one year. After another year in. railroad construction for the Kansas City, Springfield and Memphis Railroad, he returned to the Washington University in the fall of 1883, and was graduated in 1884 with the degree of C. E. In 1884 he was appointed instructor in civil engineering in the University of California, which position he resigned in 1890 to undertake some special railroad investigation in California. With Mr. James L. Bay he subsequently opened the office of Raymond & Bay, consulting engineers, in San Francisco, Cal., and engaged actively in engineering work in the State He was town engineer of Berkley, Cal., in 1892, when he came to Troy to assume the chair of Geodesy, Road Engineering, and Topographical Drawing in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which position he now holds. He is engineer to the Board of Water Commissioners of Troy, and as chief engineer constructed the Troy and New England Electric Railway. He has served on numerous other engineering works as consulting engineer. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. While in California and in Troy he has been active in Sunday school work, and is superintendent of the Sunday school of the First Presbyterian church in Troy, where he has instituted new and advanced methods. His publications are a text book on surveying and numerous papers on engineering subjects, including a number on Engineering Education.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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