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James Renwick


Centurion, 1858–1863

Born 30 May 1792 in Liverpool, England

Died 12 January 1863 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Proposed by Charles A. Clinton

Elected 6 February 1858 at age sixty-five

Archivist’s Note: Father of James Renwick Jr.

Century Memorial

We have to regret the loss of a distinction equally bright, and of a companionship more familiar and useful, in the decease of Professor James Renwick, who joined the wisdom of a sexagenarian to the freshness and eagerness of youth. His scientific clearness, his full and ready memory, his combative decision and rough sincerity of manner, gave a zest to that frequent Club talk which we shall long recal[l], and often desire to hear again.

Augustus R. Macdonough
Annual Meeting Minutes, 9 January 1864