Slocum started out as a labourer in a steel mill and rose to the position of construction superintendent of the Grand Coulee Dam. Harvey Slocum was then Construction Superintendent of the Bull Shoals Dam built between 1947 and 1951.
Slocum joined the Bhakra Dam construction project as chief engineer in 1952 and imprinted on it his own distinctive style of working. He was a flamboyant personality who drove a current model powder blue cadillac convertible; not expected of an engineer in those times in India. Many workers from the United States Bull Shoals Dam project joined Slocum on the construction of the Bhakra Dam. A small city was constructed to house the U.S. workers. Slocum died in New Delhi at age 74. (October 23, 1887 – November 11, 1961) Agency.