Dwight B. LaDu

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Dwight B. LaDu
Born (1876-04-27)April 27, 1876
Van Buren, New York
Died August 27, 1954(1954-08-27) (aged 78)
Albany, New York
Title New York State Engineer and Surveyor
Term 1923-1924
Predecessor Frank Martin Williams
Successor Roy G. Finch
Spouse(s) Minnie Louise Erb
Parent(s) Jacob Sears LaDu
Julia L. Warner

Dwight B. LaDu (April 27, 1876 Van Buren, Onondaga County, New York – August 17, 1954) was an American civil engineer and politician from New York. He was New York State Engineer and Surveyor from 1923 to 1924.


He was born on April 27, 1876 to J. Sears LaDu and Julia L. (Warner) LaDu.

He was Division Engineer of the Eastern Division of the State Canals under John A. Bensel, and in 1914 was appointed Special Deputy State Engineer, a post he retained under Frank M. Williams. He resigned in the fall of 1918, and ran for State Engineer and Surveyor on the Democratic ticket in November 1918, but was defeated by Williams. In 1922, he ran again, and was elected, being in office from 1923 to 1924, but was defeated again for re-election in 1924 by Republican Roy G. Finch.

He died on August 17, 1954 in Albany, New York.[1]


  1. ^ "Dwight B. LaDu". New York Times. August 18, 1954. Retrieved 2012-10-09. Albany, New York. Dwight B. Ladu, the last elected state engineer and retired chairman of the Albany Port District Commission, died yesterday at his home here.  (subscription required) [Note that the last elected State Engineer was his successor Roy G. Finch.]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank M. Williams
New York State Engineer and Surveyor
Succeeded by
Roy G. Finch