James Linwood Fawley was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Central High School in 1901. He then pursued an engineering degree at Yale University, graduating with his A.B. in 1906 and the M.A. in 1907. During the summers from 1901 to 1908 he was employed by the American Bridge Company, chiefly as a draftsman and apprentice engineer. Following graduation he proceeded through a series of firms, with employment designed to reinforce his engineering skills: 1908 to 1909, Philadelphia Coal and Iron Company; 1909 to 1911, Milliken Brothers; 1911-1912, F. M. Andrews & Co., New York architects; 1912, Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co. In 1912 he found a position with George F. Pawling Construction Company, and he remained with this company at least through 1926, when the Who's Who in Philadelphia (c.1927) was compiled. By 1931, according to citations in the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide, Fawley has established James L. Fawley, Inc..
During World War I Fawley concentrated on the design and consturciton of ship yards, hangars, and naval ammunition storehouses for both the Army and Navy.
He was a founder member of the Penn Athletic Club.
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- Penn Athletic Club
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- Engineers Club
- Central High School
- Yale University
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