In 1864, while visiting her brother; General Warren, Emily met Washington Roebling. Washington had served under Kemble during the Civil War. Their relationship took off from there. January 18th, just 11 months later, Emily and Washington were married. 2 years after they said ‘I do’, John Roebling (Emily’s father in-law) sent the both of them to Europe to learn more about caissons disease (also known as the bends). This was a disease popular among bridge builders. John Roebling had begun a monumental project: a bridge over New York’s East River that would connect Brooklyn to New York. John didn’t see this dream of his come to reality. A few years later, John died of tetanus. To continue his father’s legacy, Washington took up the project. However, in January of 1872 Washington fell into “the bends.” His health declined drastically leaving him bed ridden.
In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened, thanks to Emily’s persistence. Well-deserved praise was sung to Emily at the opening ceremony. Abram Hewit called the bridge a “an everlasting monument to the self-sacrificing devotion of a woman and of her capacity for that higher education from which she has been too long disbarred.” Emily Warren will forever be remembered with all that is admired in human nature and the art of construction, Hewit acclaimed.