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Earliest Members of the Century Association

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John S. Wily

Naval Surgeon

Centurion, 1849–unknown

Born c. 1785 in Virginia

Died 21 June 1852 in New York (Brooklyn), New York

Proposed by David C. Colden

Elected 3 February 1849 at about age sixty-four

Archivist’s Note: There is a possibility that he did not join the club despite documentation of his election, as his name does not appear in any subsequent printed rosters of membership. He may have chosen not to “qualify” for membership (i.e., pay initiation fees). The Century Association has traditionally recognized such cases as former members, however, as rosters were not published annually and it is possible he joined between printings.