Wednesday, April 15, 2015

John Rudolph Slattery

John Rudolph Slattery graduated fifth in his class at West Point Class in 1900.  Typical for a new engineer officer, after graduation, Slattery was assigned to the Philippines to work on bridges and roads.  Within a couple of years he was living and working in Honolulu.

On April 15, 1905, Slattery opened the first Honolulu Engineer District office in the Alexander Young Building on Bishop Street – this marked the birthdate of the Honolulu Engineering District for the Army Corps.  Slattery’s duties were divided between land acquisition and lighthouse matters.  The bridge to Sand Island is named for him.

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