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James Pedersen


Centurion, 1910–1947

Born 16 August 1864 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 12 May 1947 in Wilton, Connecticut

Buried Bolton Rural Cemetery, Bolton, New York

Proposed by James Furman Kemp and Samuel W. Lambert

Elected 7 May 1910 at age forty-five

Proposer of:

Century Memorial

James Pedersen. [Born] 1864. Physician.

Professionally, he was a urologist who practiced in New York City for fifty-seven years, member of all the high-ranking organizations of his specialty. A confidence-inspiring man, friendly and out-going, he had a large practice and among his professional colleagues he will be remembered as a deviser of techniques and instrumentation for the work of his particular field.

For many years he was active in the New York Society for Suppression of Vice, and, through the Prohibition years, as Chairman of the Committee of Fourteen, was the efficient and unspectacular terror of the speakeasy as an agent of prostitution.

It is said of him that “he was one of the decent fellows who always vote the conservative ticket and thus prevent our heroes from upsetting the boat. He was not one to shout his opinions and he is not easily quotable.” But, says a colleague, “thank Heaven for men like him, always on deck to keep our right-side-up.”

Such a good and useful man was our friend for thirty-seven years.

Source: Henry Allen Moe Papers, Mss.B.M722. Reproduced by permission of American Philosophical Society Library & Museum, Philadelphia

Henry Allen Moe
Henry Allen Moe Papers, 1947 Memorials