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Robert Forsyth

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Robert Forsyth (1849-1927)

1927 Obituary [1]

ROBERT FORSYTH died at his residence in Chicago on September 11, 1927, following a short illness.

He was born at Troy, New York, in 1849, and received his training at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he graduated in 1869. He entered the steel industry as a student and draughtsman at the Bessemer Works, Troy, under the tutelage of Alexander L. Holley, and in 1872 was appointed superintendent of the Bessemer department of the North Chicago Rolling-Mill plant.

In 1884 he became superintendent of the Spang Steel and Iron Co., Pittsburgh, and in the following year he became manager of the Union Steel Co., Chicago.

In 1889 he was made chief engineer and second vice-president of the Illinois Steel Co., holding that position until 1896, when he began practice as a consulting metallurgical engineer in Chicago.

He was a member of the American Iron and Steel Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, and the Western Society of Engineers.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1879.

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