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Daniel Seymour

Lawyer/Writer

Centurion, 1847–1850

Born c. 1809 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 8 June 1850 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Proposed by N/A: Founder

Elected 13 January 1847 at about age thirty-eight

Archivist’s Note: Secretary of the Century Association, 1847–1850. After his death, a memorial address was delivered on 30 January 1851 by Robert Kelly, slightly modifying an address he had delivered to the Column Club, a predecessor club of the Century, earlier that month. The original version was subsequently published in book form (not yet reproduced on this website).

Century Memorials

Mr. Leupp then offered the following resolutions previously prepared by Mr. Van Winkle.

Resolved, That we sincerely deplore the decease of our late fellow member Daniel Seymour that we entertain a most lively sorrow and a tender & grateful recollection of his many virtues.

That to his active exertions in the formation of the Century & his untiring zeal in its behalf we are peculiarly indebted for its existence & success.

That while his amiable disposition, unvarying urbanity & pleasing manners deserved & won our warmest esteem—his distinguished intellect and extensive acquirements rendered us justly proud of his fellowship.

That we are deeply sympathetic with his afflicted relatives and that the Secretary be directed to communicate these resolutions to his family.

The resolutions were unanimously adopted.

Albert Mathews, Secretary pro tem.
Monthly Meeting Minutes, 2 November 1850

[Robert] Kelly’s memorial address paying tribute to Seymour, given at The Column in January 1851, speaks of “the versatility of his genius, the extent of his acquirements, the excellencies of his character, the geniality of his temper, and all the inimitable charms of his society. . . . He was loved, not envied. . . . On all literary subjects, on matters relating to Art, on all topics of general interest, he was copious, critical, and elegant.”

Kelly contributed frequently to the Knickerbocker and the New York Mirror. He and Kelly were Columbia College classmates (1826). His shingle, in addition to Counsellor at Law, had the word Translator upon it. He spoke French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Danish, knew Latin and Greek and studied Hebrew. He was a trustee of the New York Society Library and of the Public School Society, and a manager of the House of Refuge.

William A. Frosch
“Our Original Amateurs, 2009”