Eads, James Buchanan
- Melvin Kranzberg
Eads, James Buchanan (23 May 1820–08 March 1887), civil engineer and entrepreneur, was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the son of Thomas Clark Eads, a businessman, and Ann Buchanan. Eads was named after his mother’s cousin, James Buchanan, a Pennsylvania congressman who later became the fifteenth president of the United States. Eads had little formal schooling. When his family moved to St. Louis in 1833, he went to work doing chores and running errands for a wealthy dry-goods merchant and spent his spare time reading in his employer’s private library. When Eads was nineteen, he joined his family in Iowa, where they had moved in 1837. There he took a job as a second clerk on the river steamer ...