Kate Gleason

About Kate Gleason

Who is it?: Mechanical Engineer
Birth Day: November 25, 1865
Birth Place: Rochester, United States
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Resting place: Riverside Cemetery, Rochester, New York 43°13′05″N 77°37′40″W / 43.218013°N 77.627647°W / 43.218013; -77.627647
Alma mater: Cornell University
Occupation: Engineer, businesswoman

Kate Gleason

Kate Gleason was born on November 25, 1865 in Rochester, United States, is Mechanical Engineer. Kate Gleason was the first female member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Even though she did not have any thorough engineering training, she made a name for herself as one of the few accomplished women engineers of her era. She was also a successful businesswoman who became a role model for many other aspiring career women in the 19th century America. Intelligent and curious from a young age, she was first exposed to the concepts of engineering at the age of 12 when she began helping out her father in his machine tool company, later named Gleason Works. She decided to get formally trained in this field and became the first female to be admitted to study engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She then continued her studies at the Mechanics Institute, later renamed Rochester Institute of Technology. Over the years, she became increasingly involved in the family business and played a pivotal role in its considerable expansion and growth. She never let her gender hinder her professional aspirations and toured Europe extensively, looking to expand the company’s business. In 1918 she was appointed the president of First National Bank of East Rochester, the first woman to serve as president of a national bank. In addition to her successful career, she was also well known for her charitable activities.
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As per our current Database, Kate Gleason has been died on January 9, 1933(1933-01-09) (aged 67)\nRochester, New York.

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When Kate Gleason die, Kate Gleason was 67 years old.

Popular As Kate Gleason
Occupation Mechanical Engineers
Age 67 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born November 25, 1865 (Rochester, United States)
Birthday November 25
Town/City Rochester, United States
Nationality United States

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Kate Gleason’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius. According to astrologers, Sagittarius is curious and energetic, it is one of the biggest travelers among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. Sagittarius-born are able to transform their thoughts into concrete actions and they will do anything to achieve their goals.

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Kate Gleason was born in the Year of the Ox. Another of the powerful Chinese Zodiac signs, the Ox is steadfast, solid, a goal-oriented leader, detail-oriented, hard-working, stubborn, serious and introverted but can feel lonely and insecure. Takes comfort in friends and family and is a reliable, protective and strong companion. Compatible with Snake or Rooster.

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In 1884 at the age of 19 Kate Gleason enrolled into the Cornell Mechanical Arts program, She was the first female student to attend for engineering.However she ended up leaving before the end of her first academic year to help her father. Her father had hired a man to replace her in the Business but the firm started struggling financially and her father could no longer afford to pay Kate’s replacement and he called her home to help again at Gleason Works. She never was able to complete the requirements for a degree but through training and self-learning she earned the title of Engineer and is recognized for her accomplishments. She did get some further education at Sibley College of Engraving and The Mechanics Institute which is now Rochester Institute of Technology


Gleason was a supporter of women's suffrage. According to an account of 1912 National America Woman Suffrage Association Convention mentions Gleason as having promised $1,200 to the suffrage movement, one of its largest pledges. Many of Kate Gleason's personal writings testify to her and her father's contributions to women's suffrage. Gleason viewed marriage as a hindrance to her professional life and she never married nor had children.


Due to conflicts with her family she left Gleason Works in 1913 and found work at the Ingle Machining Company.She Joined Ingle Machine Company on the 1st of January 1914. She was appointed the receiver of bankruptcy for the company the first women to ever do so. Under her guidance she restored the company and repaid their outstanding debts. The company was returned to the stockholders before the end of 1915.After her endeavors with Ingle Machine Company she turned her attention to East Rochester where she helped to Finance and build 8 factories for various companies. In 1914, she was the first woman elected to full membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and represented the society at the World Power Conference in Germany. In 1918, she was appointed the President of First National Bank of East Rochester while the previous President was enlisted in World War I. During this period she took charge of a Problem loan and used it to finish the housing complexes left from the previous loan holder. She used this to further her humanitarian efforts in Rochester, starting eight companies, including a construction company that built houses for the middle class. After this success she took it upon herself to experiment with concrete to build cheap fireproof houses at an affordable cost using a pouring method she developed. After this success she described her methods in an article she wrote for a trade magazine, Concrete, in 1921 titled “How Women Builds Houses to Sell at a Profit for $4000”. Later, she left Rochester for Business opportunities in South Carolina and California. In the 1920s she rebuilt a castle in Septmonts France for herself. As well as helping the surrounding towns to recover from the damage left from the world war. During this time period she also toured California to study adobe buildings. In 1924, she was asked by Berkeley, California to help them rebuild after a fire. In the late 20’s she began to build more poured concrete buildings in Sausalito, California, but she ran into some more issues and the project was not as successful as her buildings in Rochester. Then at her winter home in Beaufort,South Carolina she had plans to make a community of garden apartments for artists and Writers but only 10 of these homes were completed at the time of her death.


She died January 9, 1933 of pneumonia and is interred in Riverside Cemetery in Rochester. She left much of her $1.4 million estate to institutions in the Rochester area, including libraries, parks, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. The Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT is named in her honor, and her bust stands proudly in the hallway. Kate Gleason Hall is an RIT residence hall. Gleason Works is still in operation today and retains a strong connection with RIT. In 2010, RIT press published a collection of Gleason's letters.

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