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GRAY, George Edward, civil engineer, born in Verona, New York, 12 September, 1818. He received his early education in the public schools, and studied civil engineering under Peletiah Rawson. In 1853 he was appointed chief engineer of the New York Central railroad, and held the office till 1865, when he resigned and was appointed consulting engineer of the Central Pacific railroad. He remained connected with this road until 1871, when he was appointed chief engineer of the Southern Pacific railroad of California, but resigned when that road was leased to the Southern Pacific company in 1885. Mr. Gray has also been chief engineer of the Southern Pacific railroad of Arizona, of the Southern Pacific railroad of New Mexico, and directed the location and construction of the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio railroad from El Paso to San Antonio, Texas. He is a life member of the British institute of civil engineers, a member of the American society of civil engineers, and a life member of the California academy of sciences, and president of its board of directors. Mr. Gray has been appointed (1887) one of the trustees of the University in California founded by Leland Stanford in memory of his son.
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