The Biographical Dictionary of America/Adams, Julius Walker
ADAMS, Julius Walker, civil engineer, was born in Boston, Mass., Oct. 18, 1812 , son of Eli and Sarah D. (Swift) Adams. He attended the U.S. military academy; became assistant engineer on the Stonington and Providence railroad and on the Paterson and Hudson River railroad and was chief engineer in various enterprises. He also designed the sewerage and drainage system of Brooklyn, N.Y., 1857-60; served as colonel of engineers and also of volunteers in the Army of the Potomac, 1861-'63, and was consulting engineer in New York city. He was the pioneer engineer in the building of Brooklyn bridge; edited Engineering News, 1881-'82, and was president of the American Society of Civil Engineers; a member of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and of the New York Academy of Science. He died in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 13, 1899.