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Jenkins, William Dunbar 1849- Civil engineer; born in Adams county, Miss., Sept. 19, 1849; was educated at military schools in France and Belgium; studied civil engineering in Lexington, Va., in 1869-71; and has since done much work in bridge-building. He was in charge of the construction of the Randolph bridge over the Missouri River, at Kansas, Mo., and was employed on the Mississippi levees. He has been chief engineer of railroads in the South and Southwest, and was also chief engineer of the Aransas Pass harbor and jetty works in Texas. In 1898-99 he was major of the Volunteer Engineer Corps, and chief engineer officer of the 1st Division of the 2d Army Corps. In 1887 he became a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.