Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard


ARCHIBALD, Peter Suther, b. 21 March 1848, Truro, NS; d. 16 March 1913, Moncton, NB.  Educated at the Truro Model and Normal Schools, he joined the Intercolonial Railway  as a rodman on the preliminary surveys in 1867, and rose to become chief engineer in 1879, after the line’s completion.  He resigned in 1898 to engage in private practice in British Columbia.   Earlier in 1894, he was a member of the Royal Commission on the Canadian Pacific Railway’s freight rates in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. He chaired two arbitrations in Newfoundland, and served as an expert in a dispute involving  the Clergue syndicate  in Ontario (1902).  In 1905, he was contractors’ engineer  on the construction of the Northern Maine Seaport Railway.fp In 1908, he became Commissioner for the New Brunswick Government to manage the New Brunswick Central Railway. An original member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (renamed Engineering Institute of Canada, 1918), he was a councillor in 1894, 1895 and 1901. He was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. A Conservative, he married Clara G. Lindsay of Rockland, Maine.

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