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Thomas A. Emmet


Centurion, 1847–unknown

Full Name Thomas Addis Emmet

Born 29 May 1797 in Dublin, Ireland

Died 12 August 1863 in New York (Queens), New York

Buried New York City Marble Cemetery, Manhattan, New York

Proposed by N/A: Founder

Elected 13 January 1847 at age forty-nine

Archivist’s Note: Uncle of Bache McEvers Emmet. There is a possibility that he did not join the club despite documentation of his election, as his name does not appear in any subsequent printed rosters of membership. He may have chosen not to “qualify” for membership (i.e., pay initiation fees). The Century Association has traditionally recognized such cases as former members, however, as rosters were not published annually and it is possible he joined between printings.

Century Memorial

Born in Ireland in c. 1798, he came to America in 1804 with his father; he died in 1863. For many years, he was master of chancery for New York. There were several Emmets who were related, and it is hard to be sure who was who. Many were physicians or lawyers. The funeral of Thomas Addis Emmet’s father was attended by the Aldermen (precursors of City Councilmen) of New York City, the faculty and students of Columbia College and the faculty and students of the two medical schools active in the city. Irish-Americans erected a monument to [the senior] Emmet in St. Paul’s Churchyard at the prompting of William Hugh MacNeven, also a Century founder and Emmet’s brother-in-law.

William A. Frosch
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