George Washington Goethals

George Washington Goethals

Male 1858 - 1928  (70 years)    Has no ancestors and no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name George Washington Goethals 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 1858 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1928 
    Person ID I363279  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2002 

    Family Josephine Rodman,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2002 
    Family ID F143899  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    George Washington Goethals
    George Washington Goethals

  • Notes 
    • United States army engineer, born Brooklyn, NY, graduated West Point, 1880. After serving on various inland water projects, he was appointed chief engineer of the Panama Canal when John F. Stevens resigned (1907). Goethals found the difficulty of the work increased by the climate, yellow fever, labor troubles, unexpected complications in building the locks, and crumbling substrata in the Culebra Cut. By taking intense personal interest in the men and expressing satisfaction in their individual achievements, he created an atmosphere of cooperation and completed the project ahead of schedule. He was governor of the Panama Canal Zone (1914-16). In World War I he was briefly (1917) general manager of the Emergency Fleet Corporation, then (January-April 1918) head of the Bureau of Purchase and Supplies, and finally assistant chief of staff in charge of supplies.

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