John Augustus Roebling
John Roebling was born June 12, 1806, in Mühlhausen, Prussia. After immigrating to the United States in 1831, he worked for the Pennsylvania canal system. Adopting a method of twisting iron strands into a strong "wire rope," he founded a successful manufacturing business, and earned acclaim for building aqueducts and durable suspension bridges. Roebling designed and engineered construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, though he died from an on-site accident shortly after construction began in 1869.
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