Edgar Jadwin


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(1865–1931) army officer and chief of engineers (1926–29), born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. His Jadwin Plan formed the basis of flood control work on the lower Mississippi River. The result of an investigation he ordered following the disastrous floods of 1927, the plan called for complementing levees with dredging, controlled outlets, and revetment work. During World War I Jadwin organized railway troop regiments, one of which he commanded. During the Spanish-American War (1898) he oversaw many municipal projects in Cuba, where he greatly improved sanitary conditions. Jadwin was made lieutenant general on his retirement in 1929.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

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