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August 18
1900 Civil and mining engineer James W. Abbott of Denver, CO, is appointed Special Agent and Road Expert to head the Western Division in the OPRI's first field structure. He joins Logan W. Page (Eastern Division and head of the road-material laboratory) and Professor J. A. Holmes of North Carolina (Southern Division, appointed August 7). Also in August, Horatio S. Earle of Michigan receives a temporary appointment to head the Middle Division and is replaced when J. H. Stout of Wisconsin is appointed to head the Middle Division in September 1900.
Photo: James W. Abbott
James W. Abbott
Special Agent and Road Expert
Office of Public Road Inquiry
2008 Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters administers the oath of office to Thomas J. Madison, Jr., as the 17th Federal Highway Administrator. His most recent public service had been as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation. The new Administrator would serve until the end of the Bush Administration on January 20, 2009.
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