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E. Francis Hyde


Centurion, 1884–1933

Full Name Edwin Francis Hyde

Born 23 June 1842 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 18 March 1933 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Proposed by Stephen P. Nash and Horace W. Robbins

Elected 3 May 1884 at age forty-one

Proposer of:

Century Memorial

Edwin Francis Hyde was another of the very numerous Americans whose memory will be associated much less with a successful business or professional career than with his avocations. His law practice stretched back to Civil War times, interrupted by his service at the front; he was a bank officer during four successive decades. But music always held the first place of interest. For thirteen years, beginning with 1888, Hyde was president of the New York Philharmonic; he was perhaps the first to promote the American development of orchestral music by bringing celebrated European conductors to this country. They became his friends; his private library collection was rich in the scores of great composers. Many-sided even in his avocations, Hyde was a persistent traveler—he crossed on the wooden Cunarder “Arabic” as long ago as 1864—and his exploits as amateur astronomer were not limited to local study. His friends described him as a “connoisseur in total eclipses”; he would go to the other side of the world to be on the best spot to observe them.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1934 Century Association Yearbook