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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Brief Biography of Reginald Pelham Bolton, Local Historian

Reginald Pelham Bolton, a member of the Bolton family of Pelham who built Bolton Priory, was a local historian and amateur archaeologist in the late 19th century and early 20th century. His biography appeared in a book entitled "Builders of Our Nation" published in 1914. That biography appears below, followed by a citation to its source.
"Bolton, Reginald Pelham, consulting expert engineer of New York City, was born in London, England. 1856; son of Rev. James Bolton, B.A. (of Pelham Priory, Westchester, N.Y.) and Lydia Louisa (Pym) Bolton. Private education. Learned engineering by apprenticeship. Married, first. 1878, Kate Alice, daughter of Captain James Behenna. R.A.; second, Washington, D.C., 1892. Ethelind, daughter of Leonard Huyck; children: Ivy May, born 1879; Guy Reginald, born 1883. Technical practical education in London, 1874-78. in designing department. Edge- moor Iron Works. 1879; with E. D. Leavitt. M.E., 1881. Traveled in England, Holland, France. Italy, Sicily, Spain and United States, designing and erecting machinery for mines, shipyards, etc., until 1904; [Page 72 / Page 73] since 1904 in consulting practice in New York City; consulting engineer to Department of Water Supply, New York City; N.Y. Central and Hudson River Railroad, The Plant System, R. H. Macay and Company, etc. Episcopalian. Association Member Institution of Civil Engineers (England), Telford Gold Medal, 1891; member American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Naval Engineers, American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers, New York Electrical Society, New York Historical Society, City Historical Club, Municipal Art League, American Folk-Lore Society; trustee American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society, Holyrood P.E. Church (N.Y. City); secretary Washington Heights Taxpayers' Association. Recreations: Historical research and discoveries in Washington Heights. Author: Motive Powers (Longmans), 1895; Elevator Service, 1908; Building for Profit, 1911; numerous monographs in transactions of engineering societies: also The Assault of Mt. Washington, 1901; Autobiography of an Irish Terrier, 1904."
Source: Builders of Our Nation. Twentieth Century Edition Men of 1913 Published Annually, pp. 72-73 (Chicago, IL: Men of Nineteen-Thirteen 1914).
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