Barlton B. Bibson

Perspective character

Name: Barlton B. Bibson
Age: 57
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Profession: President of RAMI

Home Location: George Eastman's Home, D4
Memberships/Factions: Society for Respectable Engineering
Relationships: Martha Goodwin(Wife)
Disposition: Well maintained, put together
High concept: Providing education and personal gain
Special skills/abilities:
School Management, Educator, Global Politics, Level headed, Business, Promotion of Practical Education.

Notable flaws/weaknesses: Cares too much about education, too much self confidence, short fuse.
Basic appearance description (daily, avg):5'7" tall, well dressed, suit, trimmed hair, defined.
Short-term motivation
Medium-term motivation
Long-term motivation
Set up practical education system
Support RAMI's development
Support his own growing steam tech ideas


Background (family, education, important life events)
Barlton. B. Bibson was raised by his mother and father in Alabama where he also began his industrial education career. His parents, now deceased, put him through specialized academies as a child and supported his education at the University of Alabama. Barlton acquired a Master's in the classics while being the principal of a public school.

Barlton's career began here when he established the University Military School of Alabama just a few years after graduation. Upon his move to Georgia, he climbed in the ranks of education as Superintendent of the Columbus City Schools. He established the first school for industrial education, in the south, and began his pursuit of spreading the industrial education method.

Ten years later Barlton began his presidency at RAMI in 1910. He continued to push for industrial education with the co-op program to encourage students to mix work with study and help progress overall Rochester innovation and student skill. With the rising influence of the New Steam Society and George Eastman's enthusiasm in steam technology Barlton began to encourage students to develop and investigate steam for the university. He began to spend more and more time with Eastman, eventually to move in to one of the spare rooms for the few nights he wasn't at RAMI
. Some have begun to speculate that Barlton's enthusiasm doesn't just seem to be for helping innovate Rochester.

After the loss of his wife in 1919, Bibson has been hiding more and more in his person lab space at RAMI with a selective group of students. What they could be making in there, who knows? The new hat, the "Bedora" he wears everyday seems to click and tick throughout the day and colleagues have been speaking of how he has been acting differently. Almost two years after Bibson began to wear the Bedora colleagues claim that they have never seen him remove it. Rumors about Bibson preparing to spur mischief in Rochester are spreading fast.

Current Biography (ca. 1921):
Barlton B. Bibson was born in Mobile, Alabama on September 18, 1863. He attended school at both the Barton Academy and the Mobile Military Academy as a child which led to him getting a Bachelors and Masters in Classical Studies(the culture of Ancient Greece and Rome) in 1885. During his studies Bibson managed to become the principal of the public school in Mulberry. After graduation, he helped establish and University Military School of Alabama and Married Martha Newcomb. He also served as the president of the Alabama central Female College in Tuscaloosa in 1893 for a short time.

He soon returned to the public school system to become Superintendent of Columbus City Schools and to establish the first school for industrial education in the south. The Primary Industrial School of Columbus opened in 1900 and introduced the children to new handicrafts that would later allow them to be more useful in local textile factories. With his new experience in technical schools, he was hired as the first president of Rochester Athenæum and Mechanics Institute in 1910. At the Institute he started the Cooperative Education program which required students to work part time while being in school as a form of practical education alongside the classic style. He has continued fighting for the co-op program.