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John McL. Nash

Lawyer/University Treasurer

Centurion, 1876–1916

Full Name John McLean Nash

Born 6 August 1848 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 8 March 1916 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Proposed by Henry Drisler and Stephen P. Nash

Elected 4 March 1876 at age twenty-seven

Archivist’s Note: Son of Stephen P. Nash (his seconder); brother of Thomas Nash

Proposer of:

Century Memorial

Another honored member of the Bar was John McLean Nash. The son of Stephen P. Nash, the great church lawyer, would naturally be occupied with the affairs of Trinity Church. Yet Columbia University made the chief interest of his life. He graduated from the college in 1868, and then from the Law School. He was elected treasurer of the University in 1885, and thereafter till the fortnight before his death, was present at every meeting of the Board of Trustees. This was the symbol of the fact that for those thirty-one years Columbia had no more devoted and sagacious servant than its treasurer.

Henry Osborn Taylor
1917 Century Association Yearbook