Leffert L. Buck
Leffert Lefferts Buck
February 5, 1837
|Died||July 17, 1909 (aged 72)|
|Education||St. Lawrence University|
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Leffert graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1863. After his graduation from St. Lawrence, Buck enlisted and fought for the Union Army in the American Civil War under General Slocum, participating in the battles at Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Peachtree Creek, Resaca and Ringgold Gap.
Following the completion of the Civil War, Buck earned his civil engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, in 1868. He was associated with Richard Buck, also a prominent bridge engineer.
Some of his projects include:
- The Verrugas Viaduct on the Oroya Railroad in Peru (in the early 1870s)
- The Whirlpool Rapids Bridge over the Niagara Gorge.
- The Williamsburg Bridge, one of New York City's most notable landmarks, with Henry Hornbostel. At 1,600 feet it was the longest bridge in the world when completed in 1903 and a key factor in opening Brooklyn up as a working-class neighborhood for Manhattan. The bridge is well known for its vast reach and massive symmetry.
- The Pont De Rennes bridge (former Platt Street bridge) that spans the Genesee River in Rochester at the High Falls.
- Engineered the Queensboro Bridge in New York City.
A dormitory in the Quadrangle complex at Rensselaer is named after him.
- The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Vol. 10. New York: James T. White & Company. 1900. pp. 115–116.
- "Great Bridge Builder Dead". The New York Sun. July 18, 1909. p. 2. Retrieved July 17, 2022 – via Chronicling America.
- "Leffert L. Buck, Bridgemaker, Dead; Well-Known Civil Engineer a Victim of Apoplexy at the Breakfast Table. Built Niagara Bridges; Also the Williamsburg Bridge Over the East River and Others Abroad -- Was Wounded in the War". The New York Times. Hastings, New York. July 18, 1909. Retrieved July 17, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Mr. Buck the Engineer; Will Look After the New East River Bridge". The New York Times. August 3, 1895. p. 9. Retrieved July 17, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Richard Buck Dies; Noted for Bridges; Retired Engineer Helped Design the Williamsburg, Queensboro and Manhattan Spans". The New York Times. August 5, 1951. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
- "Lindenthal Bridge Plans Discarded; Commissioner Best Deems Them to be Impracticable. Architect Hornbostel to Get $60,000 for Campanile Scheme, but Will Be Deprived of Opportunity to Get $100,000 for Carrying Them Out". The New York Times. February 14, 1904. p. 8. Retrieved July 17, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Engineer Buck's Salary Cut.; Made Consulting Engineer of Williamsburg Bridge". The New York Times. May 1, 1902. p. 2. Retrieved July 17, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
- Teichman, Alan (November 5, 1999). "Leffert L. Buck Biography". www.teichman-home.org. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
- "Mrs. Leffert Buck". The New York Times. January 8, 1946. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
- "Quadrangle Complex". Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved September 12, 2009.