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In Honor of Alexander Lyman Holley
Foremost Among Those Whose Genius and Energy
Established in America and Improved Throughout the World
The Manufacture of Bessemer Steel
This Memorial is Erected by Engineers of Two Hemispheres
? the inscription on the Memorial Monument to Holley in Washington Square Park
In the newly renovated western side of Washington Square Park stands a bronze and limestone memorial monument to Alexander Lyman Holley (1832-1882). A mechanical engineer, Holley was the foremost steel expert of his time, as well as an engineer and designer of steel plants. He was awarded 15 patents, 10 for improvements to the Bessemer process, which he purchased the rights to in England in 1863 and brought with him to the United States.
The Alexander Lyman Holley Memorial was dedicated on 2.October.1890. John Quincy Adams Ward (1830-1910) sculpted the bronze portrait bust of Holley that tops the memorial. Funds for the memorial were raised by, and the monument was commissioned by three engineering societies: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME International); the Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME); and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Holley played a leading role in each of these organizations.
Address: Washington Square Park, foot of Fifth Ave.
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