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Birdseye Blakeman


Centurion, 1893–1894

Born 25 January 1824 in Stratford, Connecticut

Died 30 September 1894 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Buried Mountain Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Proposed by Salem H. Wales and Joseph H. Choate

Elected 1 April 1893 at age sixty-nine

Seconder of:

Century Memorial

To Mr. Birdseye Blakeman the same description would apply. He was a prominent publisher of school books, and was president of the American Book Company. He had accumulated an ample fortune, and was happy in the esteem of a large circle of acquaintances and friends. On his fine estate at Stockbridge he dispensed a liberal hospitality, and gave during the past year a free public library to his native town. He was active and generous in the work of benevolence; and has left the memory of a useful and upright citizen to his children.

Henry E. Howland
1895 Century Association Yearbook