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FOLLETT, WILLIAM W. (1856–1915). William W. Follett, engineer, the son of William T. and Juliann Merrill Follett, was born at New Sharon, Maine, on September 22, 1856. He graduated in civil engineering from the University of Michigan in 1881 and received his masters in engineering there in 1914. From 1897 to 1900 and again from 1902 to 1914 he served as construction engineer for the International Boundary Commission (see INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMMISSION) of the United States and Mexico. From 1906 to 1914 he was a construction engineer with the United States Reclamation Service in the drainage of the Rio Grande. Follett was also construction engineer for several private irrigation projects. He married Helen Coil on June 13, 1888; the couple lived in El Paso and had three sons. After their son Clarence died of diphtheria at age fifteen in 1907, William and Helen Follett championed the cause of clean water in El Paso and contributed to that city's artesian wells project. William Follett died in El Paso on December 28, 1915.


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