William Herbert Bixby

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William Herbert Bixby
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Brigadier General William Herbert Bixby, Chief of Engineers 1910–1913
Born (1849-12-27)December 27, 1849
Charlestown, Massachusetts
Died September 29, 1928(1928-09-29) (aged 78)
Washington, D.C.
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1873-1913
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held Chief of Engineers

William Herbert Bixby (December 27, 1849 – September 29, 1928) graduated first in the United States Military Academy class of 1873 and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers.

After serving with the engineer battalion at Willets Point and as Assistant Professor of Engineering at the Military Academy, Bixby graduated with honors from the French Ecole des ponts et chaussées. He received the Order, Legion of Honor, for assisting French Army maneuvers. Bixby headed the Wilmington, North Carolina District from 1884 to 1891.

He oversaw improvements on the Cape Fear River, modernized the area's coastal forts, and responded to the earthquake that hit Charleston, South Carolina, in 1886. Bixby served next as District Engineer in Newport, Rhode Island. From 1897 to 1902 he oversaw improvements on the Ohio River and its tributaries from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati.

After two years in charge of the Detroit District, he became Chicago District Engineer and Northwest Division Engineer. Bixby was president of the Mississippi River Commission in 1908-10 and 1917-18. As Chief of Engineers, he oversaw the raising of the battleship USS Maine. He retired August 11, 1913, but was recalled to service in 1917 as Western Division Engineer.

He died September 29, 1928, in Washington, D.C., aged 78.


This article contains public domain text from "Brigadier General William Herbert Bixby". Portraits and Profiles of Chief Engineers. Archived from the original on March 6, 2005. Retrieved August 26, 2005. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
William Louis Marshall
Chief of Engineers
Succeeded by
William Trent Rossell