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Washburn, Frank Sherman (08 December 1860–09 October 1922), engineer and industrial entrepreneur, was born in Centralia, Illinois, the son of Elmer Washburn, a politician and banker, and Elizabeth Knight. Washburn received a degree in civil engineering from Cornell University in 1883, after which he went to work for the Chicago and North Western Railroad. During 1884 he did graduate study at Cornell in economics, history, and political science and returned to the Chicago and North Western in 1885 as a bridge engineer and later a division engineer....

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Worthington, Henry Rossiter (17 December 1817–17 December 1880), hydraulic engineer and manufacturer, was born in New York City, the son of Asa Worthington, a millwright, and Frances Meadowcraft. Worthington’s youth was spent in an area of Brooklyn that was originally known as Williamsburgh. There his father and uncle, Anthony Worthington, established the Hope Flour Mill. It was presumed that young Worthington, as the only male child, would eventually assume the management of the mill. His interest in, and facility for, mechanics, however, led him in another direction....