Biography of A. F. Doremus
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A. F. DOREMUS
With a national reputation as a railroad construction and irrigation engineer, Abraham Fairbanks Doremus has performed no mean share of the work in building up the fame of Salt Lake, his native city.

The son of Henry I. Doremus, one of the most prominent educators of his day, and of Harriet Fairbanks, of the old American family of the name, Mr. Doremus was born in Salt Lake, May 24, 1849. Living here at a time when the present excellent school system was yet in its infancy, the young Doremus had the inestimable advantage of securing more than an ordinary education under the tutelage of his father. Being unusually proficient in mathematics and manifesting a fondness for the study, his mind early turned toward civil engineering, and he directed his energies toward acquiring a thorough knowledge of this profession.

Shortly after reaching man's estate, Mr. Doremus married Miss Pauline Richards, the daughter of Dr. Willard Richards. Five children blessed the union of whom three are now living. They are Mrs. Hattie D. Hagman, Henry R. Doremus and Cornelius R. Doremus.

The acquirements of Mr. Doremus as a civil engineer early attracted the attention of the great railroad corporations, then engaged in opening the West to commerce, and his services were in great demand, not only in Utah, but in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada. He engaged in the work of location and construction for the Union Pacific, Denver & Rio Grande, Oregon Short Line, and various other railroads.

Interested in the science of irrigation from his youth, Mr. Doremus was and is now an authority on the subject, and his talents have been used in planning a number of large enterprises of this character in the West.

His services to the city and State have been recognized by the people, Mr. Doremus having held the office of city engineer, chairman of the Board of Public Works, state engineer of Utah, and a member of the State Board of Health. He was the Republican party nominee for mayor of Salt Lake, but in a close contest was defeated by John Clark on the "Citizens" ticket.

Mr. Doremus is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a director of the "Fairbanks family in America." He is a member of the Commercial Club. Mr. Doremus is president of the Tooele City Water Company and is interested in the Blackfoot Stock Company. His residence is in Progress Flats, one of the handsome apartment buildings of the city, which is owned by Mr. Doremus.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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