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Hamilton Ela Towle (1833-1881)
. . . In 1852, after having spent nearly three years in the office of Mr. W. Q. Dow, engineer of the basin and railway works constructed for the United States Government at Portsmouth navy-yard, as a pupil and assistant, he was engaged as first assistant at the basin and railway works, Pensacola navy-yard, where he remained for a year, when he resigned in order to study higher branches of engineering . . . In January 1857, he went to Austria, . . . From 1861 to the time of his death Mr. Towle was in practice 011 his own account as a Civil Engineer, during which time he laid out and constructed a branch mineral railroad for the 'Tilley Foster Iron Mines' of New York . . .