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O. P. C. Billings

Lawyer/Public Servant

Centurion, 1872–1894

Full Name Oliver Phelps Chandler Billings

Born 21 September 1836 in Woodstock, Vermont

Died 9 January 1894 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Proposed by Augustus R. Macdonough and Josiah Lane

Elected 4 May 1872 at age thirty-five

Archivist’s Note: Brother of Frederick Billings

Century Memorial

Oliver P. C. Billings, whose funeral services also took place to-day at All Souls’ Church, was a well-known lawyer of this city; a native of Woodstock, Vermont; a graduate of the University of Vermont, and of the Harvard Law School; and his entire professional life was passed in this city. He was for several terms an alderman-at-large, elected under the system of minority representation, when there was a chance for a decent man to become a member of that Board, and not as now, when it is impossible for one to get there even by accident. He was public spirited, and earnest in the effort to sustain a pure municipal government, and rendered the city great service in his devotion to its affairs.

He was a genial, companionable man; a favorite in club life, and a most estimable, upright and useful citizen.

Henry E. Howland
1894 Century Association Yearbook