Emily Warren Roebling

About Emily Warren Roebling

Who is it?: Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Birth Day: September 23, 1843
Known for: contribution to completion of the Brooklyn Bridge
Spouse(s): Washington Roebling

Emily Warren Roebling

Emily Warren Roebling was born on September 23, 1843, is Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge.. Emily Warren Roebling was a female engineer largely responsible for guiding construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. She was married to Washington Roebling, a civil engineer, who was Chief Engineer during the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. In order to help her husband in his work, she extensively studied civil engineering topics like strength of materials, stress analysis, and cable construction. She had some prior interest and knowledge about bridge construction even before her husband's appointment as Chief Engineer. Her knowledge about the subject came in handy when her husband became ill with caisson disease. As the disease progressed, he became increasingly disabled, forcing Emily to fulfill most of his engineering duties in the construction of the bridge. Along with her husband, she jointly planned the bridge's continued construction, and actively managed the day-to-day construction activities. Over the course of the work, she engaged with politicians, engineers, and others associated with the bridge and was recognized as the engineer largely responsible for guiding construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. For years she remained busy in overseeing the work on the bridge, and served as an effective spokesperson on behalf of her husband.
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As per our current Database, Emily Warren Roebling has been died on 28 February 1903(1903-02-28) (aged 59).

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When Emily Warren Roebling die, Emily Warren Roebling was 59 years old.

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Occupation Engineers
Age 59 years old
Zodiac Sign Libra
Born September 23, 1843 ()
Birthday September 23

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...an everlasting monument to the sacrificing devotion of a woman and of her capacity for that higher education from which she has been too long disbarred.



Emily was born to Sylvanus and Phebe Warren at Cold Spring, New York, on September 23, 1843. She was the second youngest of twelve children. Emily’s interest in pursuing education was supported by her older brother Gouverneur K. Warren. The two siblings always held a close relationship.


In 1864, during the American Civil War, Emily visited her brother, who was commanding the Fifth Army Corps, at his headquarters. During the visit, she became acquainted with Washington Roebling, the son of Brooklyn Bridge designer John A. Roebling, who was a civil Engineer serving on Gouverneur Warren's staff. Emily and Washington married on January 18, 1865.


As John Roebling was starting his work on the Brooklyn Bridge, the newlyweds went to Europe to study the use of caissons for the bridge. In November 1867, Emily gave birth to the couple's only child, John A. Roebling II.


In 1882, Washington's title of chief Engineer was in jeopardy because of his sickness. In order to allow him to retain his title, Emily went to gatherings of Engineers and politicians to defend her husband. To the Roeblings' relief, the politicians responded well to Emily's speeches, and Washington was permitted to remain Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge.


The Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883. In advance of the official opening, carrying a rooster as a sign of victory, Emily Roebling was the first to cross the bridge by carriage. At the opening ceremony, Emily was honored in a speech by Abram Stevens Hewitt who said at the bridge was


Roebling is also known for an influential essay she authored, "A Wife's Disabilities," which won wide acclaim and awards. In the essay, she argued for greater women's rights and railed against discriminatory practices targeted at women. Until her death on February 28, 1903, she spent her remaining time with her family and kept socially and mentally active.


Upon completion of her work on the Brooklyn Bridge, Emily invested her time in several women's causes including Committee on Statistics of the New Jersey Board of Lady Managers for the World's Columbian Exposition, Committee of Sorosis, Daughters of the American Revolution, George Washington Memorial Association, and Evelyn College. This occurred when the Roebling family moved to Trenton, New Jersey. Emily also participated in social organizations such as the Relief Society during the Spanish–American War. She traveled widely—in 1896 she was presented to Queen Victoria, and she was in Russia for the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II. She also continued her education and received a law certificate from New York University.


In 2018 the New York Times published a belated obituary for Emily.

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