Leffert L. Buck

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Leffert L. Buck
Leffert Lefferts Buck.jpg
Leffert L. Buck at the age of 50
Born (1837-02-05)February 5, 1837[1]
Canton, New York[1]
Died July 17, 1909(1909-07-17) (aged 72)[2]
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York[2]
Nationality American
Engineering career
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:

Williamsburg Bridge in 3D, in about 1905

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.[4]

A dormitory in the Quadrangle complex at Rensselaer is named after him.[5]


  1. ^ a b The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. 10. New York: James T. White & Company. 1900. pp. 115–116. 
  2. ^ a b "Great Bridge Builder Dead". The New York Sun. July 18, 1909. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  3. ^ Teichman, Alan (November 5, 1999). "Leffert L. Buck Biography". www.teichman-home.org. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "Quadrangle Complex". Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 

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