Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Vose, George Leonard

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VOSE, George Leonard, civil engineer, b. in Augusta, Me., 19 April, 1831. He was educated in Augusta and in Salem, Mass. During 1849-'50 he studied at the Lawrence scientific school of Harvard, then began his career as assistant engineer on the Kennebec and Portland railroad, and until 1859 was engaged on various railroads. From 1859 till 1863 he was associate editor of “The American Railway Times” in Boston, and then for three years he resided in Salem, Mass. In 1866 he removed to Paris, Me., and was occupied with projects in Maine and New Hampshire. He was professor of civil engineering in Bowdoin college from 1872 till 1881, and held a similar chair in the Massachusetts institute of technology from 1881 till 1886. His larger works include “Handbook of Railroad Construction” (Boston, 1857); “Orographic Geology, or the Origin and Structure of Mountains” (1866); “Manual for Railroad Engineers and Engineering Students” (1873); “A Graphic Method for solving Algebraic Problems” (New York, 1875); “Elementary Course of Geometric Drawing” (Boston, 1878); “Memoir of George W. Whistler” (1887); and “Bridge Disasters in America: the Cause and the Remedy” (1887).