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Alexander Lyman Holley


Who is Alexander Lyman Holley?

Alexander Lyman Holley was a mechanical engineer and was considered the foremost steel and plant engineer and designer of his time, especially in regard to applying research to modern steel manufacturing processes. He received 15 patents, 10 for improvements in the Bessemer process, which he purchased the rights to in 1863 and brought to the United States. He soon designed and built Bessemer plants in Troy, New York, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He planned or was consulted on a dozen others. He chaired the first meeting of the founders of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in the offices of the American Machinist on 16 February 1880, and is credited for establishing the intellectual boundaries of the mechanical engineering profession and ASME.

  • born on (183 years ago) in Lakeville, child of Alexander H. Holley
  • education: Brown University
  • profession: Mechanical engineer, engineer
  • died on (133 years ago)
  • written work: "Reports on steel mills."


Alexander Lyman Holley is an outdoor bronze sculpture of Alexander Lyman Holley by artist John Quincy Adams Ward and architect Thomas Hastings, located in Washington Square Park in Manhattan, New York. Cast by the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company of New York and dedicated in 1889, it consists of a bust set on an Indiana limestone pedestal and displays a Beaux-Arts style design.

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Google previewDictionary of North Carolina Biography (2000)

Vol. 6, T-Z by William S. Powell

Alexander Lyman Holley ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Britannica (1911)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information by Hugh Chisholm

Adoniram Judson, William Learned Marcy, Wilbur Fisk, Horace Mann, Samuel Gridley Howe, Barnas Sears, Edwards Amasa Park, Samuel Sullivan Cox, George Park Fisher, George Dana Boardman, Alexander Lyman Holley, and ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of New York State (2005)

by Peter R. Eisenstadt, Laura-Eve Moss

steel manufacturer, Alexander Lyman Holley (1889, Washington Square Park), make him one of the most well-represented sculptors in the ...

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