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John R. Freeman

AKA John Ripley Freeman

Born: 27-Jul-1855
Birthplace: West Bridgton, ME
Died: 6-Oct-1932
Location of death: Providence, RI
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Engineer, Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Charles River Dam

John R. Freeman was a prominent early 20th century civil engineer. He was the chief designer of the original Charles River Dam in Boston Harbor, drew up the first plans for the Hetch Hetchy aqueduct that still draws water from Yosemite Park to provide for San Francisco's water supply, helped design the Catskill Mountain water supply system that supplies much of New York City's water, and contributed to the engineering of the Panama Canal. Also a longtime insurance executive, he was an early proponent of sprinkler systems and smoke vents for theaters and public halls, widespread installation of fire hydrants, and improved standards for construction in earthquake-prone areas. He was a founder of the National Fire Protection Association.

Father: Nathaniel Freeman
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Morse Freeman
Wife: Elizabeth Farwell Clark (m. 27-Dec-1887, six sons, one daughter)
Son: Clarke Freeman
Son: Evert Freeman
Son: Hovey Freeman
Son: John Freeman, Jr.
Daughter: Mary Elizabeth Freeman Clifford
Son: Nathaniel Freeman
Son: Roger Freeman

    High School: Lawrence High School, Lawrence, MA (1872)
    University: BS Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1876)
    Teacher: Hydraulics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1890-1902)

    ASME Medal 1923
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Society of Civil Engineers 1922
    American Society of Mechanical Engineers President (1905-06)
    National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
    National Academy of Sciences 1918
    Associated Mutual Fire Insurance Companies Special Inspector (1886-96)
    Manufacturers Mutual Fire Insurance Company President (1896-1932)
    National Fire Protection Association

Author of books:
Report upon New York's Water Supply (1900)
On the Safeguarding of Life in Theaters (1906)
Regulation of Elevation and Discharge of the Great Lakes (1926)
Hydraulic Laboratory Practice (1929)


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