Haupt, Herman

Haupt, Herman

(1817–1905) engineer, soldier, inventor; born in Philadelphia. Chief engineer of the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1853–56, he served as head of the strategically vital U.S. military railroads during the Civil War. Author of General Theory of Bridge Construction (1851), and inventor of a pneumatic drill (1858), he worked with railroads and other companies after the Civil War.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.