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Asboth, Alexander Sandorlocked

(18 December 1811–21 January 1868)
  • William E. Parrish


Asboth, Alexander Sandor (18 December 1811–21 January 1868), Union officer, was born in Keszthely, county of Zala, Hungary. His parents’ names are unknown. His father was a professor at the Lyceum of Kesmark and the director of the Georgikon at Keszthely. Educated at the academy at Selmecbanya, Asboth later passed a course of legal studies at Presburg. He also trained as an engineer and was employed by the Austrian government on various hydraulic works in the Banat region of present-day Romania. Asboth participated in the Hungarian uprising of 1848 under the leadership of Lajos Kossuth, serving as the Hungarian leader’s adjutant. When the uprising failed, he accompanied Kossuth into exile and shared his imprisonment at Kutaiah (Kütahya) in Turkey. Upon their release in 1851, the two came to the United States, and Asboth became an American citizen. He worked first as an architect for a firm in Syracuse, New York, but later went west as a mining engineer. Returning to New York City, he opened a small steel foundry and was later employed by the city planning commission, in which capacity he played a prominent role in planning Washington Heights and Central Park....

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