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John Lester Wallack


Centurion, 1864–1883

Born 1 January 1820 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 6 September 1888 in Stamford, Connecticut

Buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Proposed by Augustus R. Macdonough and William J. Hoppin

Elected 12 November 1864 at age forty-four

Archivist’s Note: Birth name John Johnstone Wallack

Century Memorial

Henry Oliver Walker, whose paintings adorn the walls of many American galleries and public buildings, was an artist of imagination and distinction. Perhaps his best work is the mural decoration of the corridor allotted to him in the National Library at Washington, and the fine central panel of the Appellate Court on Madison Square. In conception, line and color he was a master of his art; his idealization, tempered always with a sense of the realities, never failed of its appeal. Living to the ripe age of eighty-six [sic: eighty-five] and working on his canvases after he has passed the fourscore milestone, he was all his life an industrious reader, a kindly and ready conversationalist and a good companion.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1930 Century Association Yearbook