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William G. Breese

Merchant (Grocer)

Centurion, 1855–1861

Full Name William Gregg Breese

Born 26 March 1815 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 15 June 1861 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy, Bronx, New York

Proposed by Benjamin R. Winthrop

Elected 6 January 1855 at age thirty-nine

Century Memorial

The memory of William G. Breese and Henry [sic: Charles] A. Clinton is connected with those earlier days of the association, in which they were actively devoted to it, rather than with the later time in which they were infrequent though always welcome visitors. The name and presence of the latter will always be recalled to us by the portrait of his distinguished father [Governor DeWitt Clinton], which was his gift.

Augustus R. Macdonough
Annual Meeting Minutes, 11 January 1862