Thomas Lincoln Casey, Sr.

Thomas Lincoln Casey, Sr.

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Thomas Lincoln Casey, Sr. (May 10, 1831 – March 25, 1896) was a soldier and engineer.


Casey was born in Sackets Harbor, New York. He graduated first in his class from West Point in 1852 and later served as Chief of Engineers for the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Son of Silas Casey (later assault team leader in the Battle of Chapultepec in the Mexican-American War and a general in the American Civil War), he graduated first in the United States Military Academy class of 1852 and taught engineering there (1854–1859). During the American Civil War he oversaw Maine coastal fortifications, completing the massive Fort Knox on the Penobscot River.

Casey headed the division in the Office of the Chief of Engineers responsible for engineer troops, equipment, and fortifications. He headed the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds, District of Columbia, from 1877 to 1881. He built the State, War, and Navy Department Building, which is now the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and completed the Washington Monument. He worked on the Library of Congress building; it was nearly completed when he died suddenly on March 25, 1896.

Casey was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Society of the Cincinnati and an officer of the Legion of Honor of France.

He was buried at the Casey farm in Rhode Island.


Casey's engineering projects included:
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