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John Barker Huntington

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John Barker Huntington (1817-1901)

1901 Obituary [1]

JOHN BARKER HUNTINGTON, born in 1817, began his engineering career in 1834 as a pupil of Mr. John Braithwaite.

On the expiration of his pupilage he remained with Mr. Braithwaite as principal Assistant and as a Resident Engineer on the construction of the Eastern Counties Railway, now part of the Great Eastern Company’s system.

From 1845 to 1853 he was employed on general engineering work in connection with railways and docks, and in the latter year he presented to the Institution a Paper entitled "Observations on Salt Water, and its Application to the Generation of Steam."

In 1854 he went to Italy for two years to represent the interest of the English shareholders in the Lucca and Pistoja Railway.

From 1856 Mr. Huntington was engaged in private practice for about ten years, chiefly in connection with railways and waterworks.

In 1866 he was appointed Inspector of Roads and Bridges in the island of Mauritius, which post he held for about two years.

In 1872-73 he was employed in Italy as Manager of the Cesena Sulphur Works. Since that date he seems to have devoted himself chiefly to private work, remaining active and clear-headed to the last.

He died on the 4th June, 1901, at the age of 84.

Mr. Huntington was one of the oldest members of the Institution, having been elected an Associate on the 7th April, 1846, and transferred to the class of Members on the 27th March, 1866.

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