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Large 10¾x13½ sepia-toned bust photo by Underwood and Underwood of engineer George W. Goethals, signed in New York in 1923. Goethals was Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal.
Photograph signed "New York/Jany17/23/Geo.W Goethals". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. B/w sepia-toned, 10¾x13½ overall, 7x9 image, one surface, printed on cardstock. Also signed "Underwood & Underwood/N.Y." in pencil. Underwood & Underwood was founded by brothers ELMER UNDERWOOD (1859-1947) and BERT UNDERWOOD (1862-1943) by 1882. They were a pioneer in news bureau photography and also produced and distributed photographs, particularly stereographic photos. The company folded in the 1940s. In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Goethals (1858-1928) as Chief Engineer (1908-1914) and Chairman of the Panama Canal Commission. Goethals took complete charge of both in January of 1908. The Panama Canal, which was made possible by a pact between the Republic of Panama and the U. S. in 1903, opened ocean travel between the Atlantic and Pacific (prior to its opening, ships had to travel around the southern tip of South America). Goethals, who carried the canal construction through its completion in 1914, was promoted to Major General in 1915, while serving as Governor of the Canal Zone (1914-1917). He was appointed Governor by President Woodrow Wilson; that position was appointed by the President of the U. S., while other officials of the Canal Zone were appointed by the President and Congress. Goethals, who had graduated from West Point in 1880, was a Second Lieutenant with the Corps of Engineers and taught civil and military engineering at West Point. He was construction supervisor of the Muscle Shoals Dam Project on the Tennessee River and served in the Spanish-American War (1898) as Chief of Engineers. Following duty in World War I, Goethals became chief consultant for the Port of New York Authority through his own engineering firm. A bridge connecting New York City with New Jersey is named in honor of the Brooklyn-born engineer. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Photographer's signature touches Goethal's. Light tear in top left corner. Otherwise in fine condition.

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Born: June 29, 1858 in New York City, New York
Died: January 21, 1928 in New York City, New York

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