John Bloomfield Jervis (December 14, 1795 – January 12, 1885) was an
American civil engineer. America's leading consulting engineer of the
antebellum era (1820–60), Jervis designed and supervised the
construction of five of America's earliest railroads, was chief
engineer of three major canal projects, designed the first locomotive
to run in America, designed and built the 41-mile
1 Family and early life 2 Work
2.1 Jervis steam locomotive 2.2 Croton Aqueduct
3 Legacy 4 Works 5 References 6 External links
Family and early life
John Bloomfield Jervis was born in 1795 at Huntington, New York, on
Long Island, the son of Timothy Jervis, a carpenter, and Phoebe
Bloomfield, the eldest of seven children. Jervis moved with his
Jervis steam locomotive
The High Bridge over the Harlem River, part of the Croton Aqueduct, as seen in 1890.
In 1831, he became the chief engineer for the Mohawk and Hudson
Railroad, a predecessor of the New York Central, and two years later
he was appointed chief engineer of upstate New York's Chenango Canal
project and helped in its design and construction. In 1836, Jervis was
chosen as the chief engineer on the 41-mile long Croton Aqueduct.
After his work on the Croton Aqueduct, Jervis served as a consulting
engineer for the Boston water system from 1846 to 1848.
In the 1850s and into the early 1860s he worked on railroads in the
midwestern United States, serving as chief engineer for both the
Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad, Chicago and Rock
Island Railroad (a predecessor of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
Railroad), also serving as President of the latter from 1851 to
1854, and finally the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago
Jervis retired in 1864 to his homestead in Rome, New York, but he
continued to work actively in the area. In 1869, he helped form the
Merchants Iron Mill, known today as the Rome Iron Mill in upstate New
York industry. He was also the founder of the
Rome, New York
1401 John B. Jervis
Upon his death, Jervis bequeathed his homestead to the city of Rome to
use as the location for a public library. His personal library now
John B. Jervis
Railway Property (1859) The Construction and Management of Railways (1861) Labor and Capital (1877)
^ a b c "A Veteran Engineer's Death; John B. Jervis, Who Helped to
Construct the Erie Canal". New York Times. 1885-01-14. Retrieved
^ a b c d Spears, John R. "John Bloomfield Jervis." The Railway and
Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin 30 (1933): 5-29.
^ Garraty, J. A., Carnes, M. C., & American Council of Learned
Societies. (1999). American national biography. New York, NY: Oxford
University Press. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
^ a b c d e f "John Bloomfield Jervis Papers". Central New York
Library Resources Council. Retrieved 2005-03-09.
^ Beydler, John. "The Rock founders faced tragedy and travail before
triumphing". The Railroad Comes to Town. Archived from the original on
2012-07-13. Retrieved 2008-03-14.
^ "The First One Hundred Years". Jervis Public Library. Retrieved
National Park Service
Jervis, John B.; FitzSimons, Neal, ed. (1971). The Reminiscences of John B. Jervis. Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, New York. ISBN 0-8156-0077-1. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) Larkin, F. Daniel (1990). John B. Jervis: An American Engineering Pioneer. Iowa State University Press. ISBN 0-8138-0355-1. Museum of the City of New York, The Croton Aqueduct. Retrieved March 9, 2005. White, John H, Jr. (Spring 1986), America's Most Noteworthy Railroaders, Railroad History, 154, p. 9-15.
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John B. Jervis
Preceded by James W. Grant President of Chicago and Rock Island Railroad 1851 – 1854 Succeeded by Henry Farnam
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