HE WAS A TOP MILITARY AND CIVIL ENGINEER AND HIS FIRM BUILT DOCKS IN CUBA AND HYDROELECTRIC PLANTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, DESIGNED THE FIRST SUBWAY IN NEW YORK CITY, THE CAPE COD CANAL, AND WORKED ON MANY MAJOR RAILWAY PROJECTS AROUND THE U. S., ACTED AS CHIEF SURVEYOR OF CHINA’S 1000-MILE RAIL LINE FROM HANKOW TO CANTON, STILL IN USE TODAY.
WILLIAM BARCLAY PARSONS (1859-1932) SIGNED CARD, “With always the best of wishes for my friend Ashley T. Cole, Wm. Barclay Parsons, Sept. 1905” on a card 4.5 x 3, by the American Civil Engineer who founded Parsons Brickerhoff, one of the largest American civil engineering firms. He worked on many major railway projects around the U. S., on a number of water-work ventures in Mississippi, on the Royal Commission on London Traffic, was appointed to the Isthmian Canal Commission by Theodore Roosevelt (overseeing the construction of the Panama Canal), and designed the Cape Cod Canal as Chief Engineer. He was a Colonel in the Spanish American War and a Brigadier General in WWI, and was a Trustee of his Alma Mater, Columbia University. He was a prolific author of many engineering books, such as An American Engineer in China. The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.