Leffert L. Buck
|Leffert L. Buck|
Leffert L. Buck at the age of 50
February 5, 1837|
Canton, New York
|Died||July 17, 1909
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
|Significant projects||Williamsburg Bridge|
Leffert L. Buck (1837–1909) was an American civil engineer and a pioneer in the use of steel arch bridge structures. Leffert graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, in 1868. Some of his projects include:
- the Verrugas Viaduct on the Oroya Railroad in Peru (in the early 1870s)
- the steel suspension bridge over the Niagara Gorge
- one of New York City's most notable landmarks: the Williamsburg Bridge (with Henry Hornbostel). At 1,600 feet in 1903, it was the longest bridge in the world at the time and a key factor in opening Brooklyn up as a working-class neighborhood for Manhattan. The bridge is well known for its vast reach and massive symmetry.
- the Pont De Rennes bridge (former Platt Street bridge) that spans the Genesee River in Rochester at the High Falls.
Before earning his civil engineering degree from RPI, Buck fought for the Union Army in the American Civil War under General Slocum, participating in the battles at Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Peachtree Creek, Resaca and Ringgold Gap.
A dormitory in the Quadrangle complex at Rensselaer is named after him.
- The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography 10. New York: James T. White & Company. 1900. pp. 115–116.
- "Great Bridge Builder Dead". The New York Sun. July 18, 1909. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- Teichman, Alan (November 5, 1999). "Leffert L. Buck Biography". www.teichman-home.org. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- "Mr. Buck the Engineer; Will Look After the New East River Bridge". The New York Times. August 3, 1895. p. 9. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- "Quadrangle Complex". Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2009-09-12.