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Houston, Edwin James

Daniel Martin Dumych

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Houston, Edwin James (09 July 1847–01 March 1914), educator and electrical engineer, was born in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of John Mason Houston and Mary Larmour. Houston attended public grammar schools and Philadelphia’s Central High School, actually an undergraduate college, from which he graduated in 1864 with a bachelor of arts degree. He taught at Philadelphia’s Girard College, where he was prefect in 1865, for a year. He then went to Europe, where he studied at the Universities of Heidelberg and Berlin for the following two years. In 1867 he returned to Philadelphia to take the chair of the newly organized civil engineering and physical geography department at Central High School....

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