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John Doane Fay (April 20, 1815 Northampton, Fulton County, New York - June 6, 1895 Rochester, Monroe County, New York) was an American civil engineer and politician from New York


He was educated at Lowville, New York. He participated with Stephen Clark in constructing the Long Bridge over the Potomac. He was a Resident Engineer on the New York State canals from 1841 to 1849.

In 1850, he and Orville W. Childs were sent to Nicaragua by Cornelius Vanderbilt to make a survey for the proposed Nicaragua canal. He was Division Engineer of the Western Division of the State Canals from 1852 to 1853, from 1856 to 1860, and from 1874 to 1875.

In 1853, he ran for New York State Engineer and Surveyor on the Hard ticket but was defeated by Whig John T. Clark. In 1855, he ran again but was again defeated, this time by American Silas Seymour.

From 1868 to 1873 he was a Canal Commissioner, elected in 1867 and 1870 on the Democratic ticket.


  • [1] Bios of Engineers, at Rochester history


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