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Gilbert M. Speir


Centurion, 1849–1894

Full Name Gilbert MacMaster Speir

Born 14 September 1810 in Ballston Spa, New York

Died 2 May 1894 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Proposed by Augustus Schell and Edgar S. Van Winkle

Elected 6 January 1849 at age thirty-eight

Archivist’s Note: First vice president of the Century Association, 1871–1888. Father of Archibald W. Speir and Gilbert M. Speir Jr.

Century Memorial

Gilbert M. Speir was one of the early members of The Century, having been elected in 1849. For many years he was one of its officers, and its interests and reputation were dear to his heart. He was a constant attendant at all its gatherings, and there was never a more loyal member of it than he.

He was a prominent and successful member of the New York Bar for nearly forty years before he was elected Judge of the Superior Court of this city in 1873; and, when called to the Bench, he fulfilled with marked integrity and industry the duties of his high office.

Henry E. Howland
1895 Century Association Yearbook