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Jacob Wendell

Merchant (Dry Goods/Corn)

Centurion, 1890–1898

Born 24 July 1826 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Died 21 May 1898 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Proposed by James J. Goodwin, Daniel Huntington, and Henry Drisler

Elected 5 April 1890 at age sixty-three

Century Memorial

Jacob Wendell could probably be considered one of the best types of the merchants of New York who have made their business a synonym for honor, integrity and enterprise. Descended from some of the most distinguished of the early emigrants to the colonies of New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire he always exhibited the traits that made them leaders in their day and generation, and which have been transmitted to many noted men among their posterity. He was for thirty-five years prominent in the business life of this city, active in the conduct of many large institutions, happy in his charming domestic circle, and he went to his rest leaving to his friends the memory of a high-minded, honorable Christian gentleman.

Henry E. Howland
1899 Century Association Yearbook