William Edward Bryson (1818-1876) was born in Edinburgh on 31 December 1818. He became an architect and civil engineer, working initially in Ireland, and emigrated to the USA, arriving in New York on 27 August 1849. He initially worked in Westchester County, NY. In 1863 he was invited by General R. G. Delafield to take charge of the construction of the Barbette Battery at Fort Hamilton in New York Harbor. He worked in Chicago on city drainage systems, and on various projects for Chicago's Board of Public Works, including the construction of the Washington Street Tunnel, completed in 1869. He was also involved with the LaSalle Street tunnel, the New Lake tunnel, a structure for water works, and foundations for the West Side Pumping Works. Bryson was a member of the Civil Engineers' Club of the Northwest.