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CHAMBERLIN, CHESTER HARVEY (1859–1922). Chester Harvey Chamberlin, engineer, was born at Natchez, Mississippi, on September 14, 1859. After receiving an A.B. degree from Stewart College in Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1879, he joined the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1881. He assisted in surveying routes for the line for two years before joining the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad as a construction engineer in 1883. Two years later he was hired by the Ferrocarril del Norte, a Guatemalan rail company, as a locating engineer. Chamberlin returned to the United States in 1886 and accepted a surveying position with the federal government. In 1889 he became a locating engineer and engineer of construction for the Nicaraguan Canal Railroad Company. After two years in this position, Chamberlin returned to the United States as assistant engineer for maintenance with the Texas and Pacific. He moved upward through the ranks of the company to chief engineer. He died in Dallas on July 14, 1922.


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