The Twelve Society Founders


On October 23rd, 1852 a notice (actual text at right) was sent to practitioners of civil engineering in and near New York City.

There were twelve respondents to this invitation. These twelve, who gathered at the appointed time and place in the office of Alfred W. Craven, chief engineer of the Croton Aqueduct Department, became the Founders of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects, later the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Invitation Letter
Julius W. Adams
J.W. Ayres
Alfred W. Craven
Thomas A. Emmet
Edward Gardiner
Robert B. Gorsuch
James Laurie
W.H. Morell
W.H. Sidell
G.S. Greene
S.S. Post
W.H. Talcott