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Frederick Sheldon


Centurion, 1869–1907

Born 19 November 1822 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 22 November 1907 in Newport, Rhode Island

Buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Proposed by Smith Clift, Augustus R. Macdonough, and William J. Hoppin

Elected 6 February 1869 at age forty-six

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Century Memorial

Frederick Sheldon was nearly eighty [sic: eighty-five; newspaper obituaries were inaccurate in stating his age at death] when his active and useful life was ended. He had been thirty-eight years a member of The Century, and was one of its well-known and best esteemed associates. Responsible for the use of great wealth he was likewise opulent in personal resources. He was a New Yorker of the old stock and displayed a comprehensive interest in the greatest concerns of the city. He devoted his abundant leisure to high pursuits and was himself a writer of parts. To the fine arts he gave much attention and was distinctly an influence on the æsthetic side of life. Refinement, elegance, and beauty are not common in a prosaic life, and those who cultivate them are noteworthy in any measure of success to which they attain. His efforts toward such a goal made him of right a personage in society and an influence in The Century.

William Milligan Sloane
1908 Century Association Yearbook