Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s first class in applied science and afterwards professor of Civil Engineering, he was the brother-in-law of Horace Howard Furness and after 1871 a central board man in Philadelphia. Chair of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ building committee, he awarded Furness that commission and many others including work for the First City Troop and later at the University of Pennsylvania. He applied his scientific interests to optics, invented an early movie device, sponsored Eadweard Muybridge’s animal locomotion photography at the University and was a strong advocate of Thomas Eakins’ teaching at the Academy. © George E. Thomas
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