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Edward Southwick Philbrick

(Civil Engineer - Member of the ASCE Investigative Team)


Born: Nov. 20, 1827 in Suffolk, MA near Boston

Died: Feb. 13, 1889



Edward S. Philbrick was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and one of the members sent to investigate the bridge collapse in Ashtabula, OH. It was Philbrick who famously stated during the proceedings of the investigation, “It was a miracle the bridge stood as long as it did!”


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