The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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James Bicheno Francis, 1815-1892

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1815
Place of Birth: Southleigh, England
Date of Death: 1892
Place of Death: Boston, MA


He married Sarah Brownell and had 6 children.


He was the chief engineer of the group known as 'Proprietors of the Locks and Canals on the Merrimack River,' from 1837 to 1840. He worked on the water-power facilities at Lowell, MA. He built machines for timber preservation, and devised water supplies for fire fighting. He directed the Lowell GasLight Company, and was the author of Lowell Hydraulic Experiments (1855, 1868, 1883). He was the colleague of George Washington Whistler at Lowell, MA.


Who Was Who in America. Historical Volume, 1607-1896, Chicago, 1963, p. 189.