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J. Hobart Herrick

Merchant (Produce)/Utilities

Centurion, 1866–1903

Full Name Jacob Hobart Herrick

Born 26 August 1833 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 11 March 1903 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Proposed by Francis S. Skiddy and Joseph N. Balestier

Elected 2 June 1866 at age thirty-two

Archivist’s Note: Father-in-law of H. Montague Vickers

Seconder of:

Century Memorial

J. Hobart Herrick was a native of New York, a graduate of New York University, and was all his life actively engaged in business here. Entering his father’s firm of produce and grain brokers in 1854, on the death of his father he formed the firm of J. B. Herrick & Company, which continued until 1889, when he became Vice-President of the Edison General Electric Company, and afterwards of the General Electric Company, and ten years since formed a banking and brokers firm of which he was the head until his death. In all these connections his course was marked by integrity, energy, and sagacity. He was one of the founders of the Produce Exchange, for many years a Manager, and finally its President. He was influential in introducing the system of grading grain and the warehouse system for the delivery of contract grain, and generally in the enlightened organization of the business to meet or anticipate its rapid development and its changing conditions. He was one of the earliest members of the Union League Club, and in his younger years a popular and effective advocate in public of the principles of the Republican party.

Edward Cary
1904 Century Association Yearbook