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Joseph Ames


Centurion, 1869–unknown

Full Name Joseph Alexander Ames

Born 6 September 1816 in Roxbury, New Hampshire

Died 30 October 1872 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Boston, Massachusetts

Proposed by George S. Greene and David Van Nostrand

Elected 3 April 1869 at age fifty-two

Archivist’s Note: His surname at birth Eames (sometimes Emes). 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.