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Henry Ramsay (1808 Guilderland, Albany County, New York - July 12, 1886 Schenectady, New York) was an American civil engineer and for a short time New York State Engineer and Surveyor in 1853.


He was educated at the Lancaster School in Albany, and graduated from The Albany Academy in 1826. Afterwards he taught school in Albany, New York. Later he became a draftsman, map maker and civil engineer. In 1831, he married Isabelle Westervelt, and they had nine children.

In 1842, he was appointed Chief Engineer of the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad between Albany and Schenectady, New York. He laid out the course of the New York Central Railroad at Schenectady, to avoid the inclined plane at that terminus. Subsequently he became Assistant Engineer on the Erie Canal enlargement. In 1849, he removed to Schenectady, and was for several terms City Surveyor.

On December 10, 1853, he was appointed New York State Engineer and Surveyor, to fill the unexpired term after the resignation of William J. McAlpine and the declination of Wheeler H. Bristol to take office.

He endowed the Henry Ramsay Scholarship at The Albany Academy.


  • [1] Bios of Canal Engineers, at Rochester history
  • Google Book The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 37f; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
  • [2] Obit in NYT on July 13, 1886
Political offices
Preceded by
Wheeler H. Bristol
New York State Engineer and Surveyor
Succeeded by
John T. Clark


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