John Bailey Peddle
Self Portrait, 1909
BornFebruary 27, 1868
DiedApril 6, 1933
EducationRose Rose Polytechnic Institute
Occupation(s)Engineer, professor, author
EmployerRose Rose Polytechnic Institute
Known forConstruction of Graphical Charts, 1910

John Bailey Peddle (Terre Haute, Indiana, February 27, 1868 – idem, April 6, 1933) was an American mechanical engineer, Professor of Machine Design at the Rose Polytechnic Institute and author,[1] known for his seminal work Construction of Graphical Charts, 1910.[2][3][4]

Life and work

Peddle was the son of Charles R. and Mary Elizabeth Ball Peddle.[1] He graduated at the Rose Rose Polytechnic Institute in 1888, and after six years in business joint the faculty in 1894 as instructor in machine design. From 1897 until 1933 he was Professor of Machine Design back at the Rose Polytechnic Institute.[5]

In 1910 Peddle published the Construction of Graphical Charts, which was the first book in the English language treating of the art of graphical representation.[6] The work was written from an mathematical point of view,[7] and required some engineering training. In 1914 Willard C. Brinton published a similar work for the general audience with no mathematics, called Graphic Methods for Presenting Facts.[6]

Peddle has been member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers,[8] and the Indiana Academy of Science.[9]

Peddle was also an amateur photographer, who published some of his work and articles in The Photographic times magazine including a self-portrait.[10]


Peddle's younger sister was the sculptor Caroline Peddle Ball (1869–1938).[11] Peddle married Alice O Peddle, and they had 2 children: Juliet Peddle (1899–1979), an modernist architect, and one other child.


Article's, a selection


  1. ^ a b Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1917–1966, 1974. p. 474
  2. ^ Karsten, Karl G., Charts and graphs: An introduction to graphic methods in the control and analysis of statistics. Prentice-Hall, Incorporated, 1923.
  3. ^ Funkhouser, H. Gray. "Historical development of the graphical representation of statistical data." Osiris 3 (1937): 269–404.
  4. ^ FitzPatrick, Paul J. "The Development of Graphic Presentation of Statistical Data in the United States." International Social Science Review 37.4 (1962): 203.
  5. ^ Harriet McNeal Caplow, Joyce Lakey Shanks, Edward K. Spann. Juliet Peddle of Terre Haute: The Architect, the Historian, ... 1989.
  6. ^ a b William Crosby Marshall, Graphical methods for schools, colleges, statisticians, engineers and executives. New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. 1921. p. V
  7. ^ Beniger, James R., and Dorothy L. Robyn. "Quantitative graphics in statistics: A brief history." The American Statistician 32.1 (1978): 1–11.
  8. ^ Journal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1910. p. 1420.
  9. ^ Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, 1911. p. 28. In the May 1911 meeting he presented an Illustrated lecture, "The Autochrome Process in Color Photography."
  10. ^ The Photographic times, v.39, no.7 (1907); v.41, no.2 (1909)
  11. ^ Caroline Peddle Ball Collection; Dates: 1887–1998 Archived January 12, 2021, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved December 2, 2021.