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Charles E. Strong

Lawyer/Civic Affairs

Centurion, 1847–1897

Full Name Charles Edward Strong

Born 7 March 1824 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 1 October 1897 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Proposed by Daniel Seymour

Elected 6 November 1847 at age twenty-three

Archivist’s Note: He ostensibly resigned sometime between 1860 and 1864 and was reinstated in May 1868 with a new set of proposers, Augustus R. Macdonough and Samuel B. Ruggles. Cousin of George Templeton Strong.

Century Memorial

The death of one who was so prominent for many years in the professional and social life of this city, as was Charles Edward Strong, is deeply regretted by the entire community; but to those who were honored with his intimacy, and who learned to know him thoroughly, it brings a sense of personal loss.

He was a genial gentleman, characterized by an old-time courtesy, and an ever present kindliness of manner; most unobtrusive in habit; holding a high place in the social life of New York; public spirited in his duties as a citizen, given to charity and to good works, and conspicuously able in administering the large trusts committed to his charge. He challenged the respect of his brethren at the Bar for his solid acquirements, his sound judgment, and his position for over fifty years in one of the leading firms of lawyers in this city, which was distinguished for the ability of its members.

He left a name honored in the legal profession, a synonym for integrity, wisdom and high sense of professional honor, and he enjoyed, as he deserved, the sincere respect and friendship of all who, in the course of his extended life, were favored with his acquaintance; for they recognized in him truth, sincerity, and all the qualities that constitute a true gentleman.

Henry E. Howland
1898 Century Association Yearbook