Joshua Allan Lippincott
Harriet Barlow
LIPPINCOTT, Joshua Allan, educator, was born in Burlington County, New Jersey, January 31, 1835; son of Crispin and Elizabeth Ann "Garwood" Lippincott; grandson of  Joshua and Ann "Crispin" Lippincott, and of Samuel and Ann "Crockford" Garwood, and a descendant of Richard and Abigail Lippincott, who came from Devonshire, England, to Boston, Massachusetts Bay colony, in 1639, but being Quakers, returned and resided at Plymouth, England, until 1663, when they came back to America, making their home in Rhode Island until 1669, and after that time in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.

Joshua Allan Lippincott was graduated at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1858. He was an instructor in mathematics in Pennington Seminary, New Jersey, 1858-62; principal of the high school, Scranton, Pennsylvania, and superintendent of the Scranton public schools, 1862-65.

He was married, December 24, 1862, to Harriet, daughter of the Reverend Joseph Barlow of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

He was professor of mathematics in Dickinson College, 1874-83; chancellor of the University of Kansas, 1883-89; pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Topeka, Kansas, 1889-92, and of the Arch Street Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1892-96, and in 1896 became corresponding secretary of the M. E. Hospital in Philadelphia.

He received the degree of D. D. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1882, and that of L. L. D. from the University of Michigan in 1887.

The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans
Volume VI

Joseph Barlow Lippincott
son of Joshua Allan Lippincott and Harriet Barlow

Joseph Barlow Lippincott was born on October 10, 1864. He attended Dickinson College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 1880 to 1882, when his family moved to Kansas. In 1887, after spending several years driving cattle in Texas, he graduated from the University of Kansas with a B. S. degree in Civil Engineering. From 1889 to 1892, Lippincott was topographer for the U.S. Geological Survey in charge of making topographic maps in New Mexico and California. In 1893 he became assistant engineer for the Bear Valley Irrigation Company, on the construction of an early irrigation project on the headwaters of the Santa Ana River in Southern California. With the organization of the U. S. Reclamation Service in 1902, Lippincott became supervising engineer of all Reclamation Service activities in the Pacific Coast region from the Klamath River in Oregon to the lower Colorado River in Arizona and California.

In 1890, Lippincott was married to Josephine P. Cook of Kansas City, Missouri. They had two children: a daughter, Rose, who died in 1919; and a son, Joseph Reading Lippincott who was killed in the Philippines during World War II.  The Lippincotts lived on West 12th Street in Los Angeles.

Joseph Barlow Lippincott died on November 04, 1942, at the age of 78.


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