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Thomas H. Hubbard


Centurion, 1901–1915

Full Name Thomas Hamlin Hubbard

Born 20 December 1838 in Hallowell, Maine

Died 19 May 1915 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Proposed by Charles H. Tweed and Thomas E. Stillman

Elected 2 February 1901 at age sixty-two

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Century Memorial

From financial enterprise, we pass on to record our losses in the closely allied profession of the law. The transition is aptly made through the personality and work of Thomas Hamlin Hubbard, lawyer and financier. His father was a distinguished surgeon and Governor of the State of Maine; and the son, born in 1838, graduated at Bowdoin in 1857. He later studied at the Albany Law School, and was admitted to the Bars of Maine and New York in 1860 and 1861. After the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted as Lieutenant and Adjutant in the Twenty-fifth Maine Infantry. He served throughout the war, rising to the rank of Colonel, and for meritorious services was brevetted Brigadier-General of Volunteers in July, 1865. He retired from the army to devote himself to law and railroads in New York. For many years he was a member of the firm of Butler, Stillman & Hubbard. But in course of time he withdrew from legal practice to devote himself to the direction of the great corporations with which he was connected. From 1896 to 1900 he was Vice-President of the Southern Pacific; and at the same time, or later, Director in the Western Union Telegraph Co., the Bank of Commerce, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., the Equitable Trust Co., and other corporations. He was a benefactor and trustee of his Alma Mater, and was the chief encourager and supporter of the Peary expedition which discovered the North Pole. If General Hubbard appeared as a man of cold exterior, his heart was benevolent and his probity adamantine.

Henry Osborn Taylor
1916 Century Association Yearbook