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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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McAlpine, William Jarvis 1812-1890 Civil engineer; born in New York City in 1812: was educated in New York, and in 1827-46 was an engineer in the construction of the Erie Canal. Afterwards he was chief engineer of the construction of dry-docks in the Brooklyn navy-yard. He became New York State Engineer in 1857, and was made State Railroad Commissioner two years later. In 1868 he was elected president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 1870 he won the prize which had been offered by the Austrian government for the best plan for improving that part of the Danube River known as The iron Gates. Mr. McAlpine constructed the first water-works in the cities of Chicago and Albany. For two years he was the chief engineer and acting president of the Erie Railroad. During the building of the new capitol at Albany he was one of the consulting engineers. He died in New Brighton, Staten Island, N. Y., Feb. 16, 1890.