George Washington Goethals

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Noun1.George Washington Goethals - United States army officer and engineer who supervised the construction of the Panama Canal (1858-1928)George Washington Goethals - United States army officer and engineer who supervised the construction of the Panama Canal (1858-1928)
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What They Do & Why We Need Them, authors Scott Allison and George Goethals found that one third of the heroes cited by average Americans live closer to home--in their own family.
Americans had better luck in 1904 with government funding, a military presence, the defeat of yellow fever, better equipment and superior engineering under the leadership of George Goethals.
Colonel George Goethals, chairman of the Isthmian Canal Commission, informed the Joint Board that Congress believed commercial interests dictated the need for an isthmian canal long before any demands of military strategy.