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Charles Edward Tracy


Centurion, 1870–1896

Born 11 July 1845 in Utica, New York

Died 22 January 1896 in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Proposed by William E. Curtis and Augustus R. Macdonough

Elected 5 November 1870 at age twenty-five

Archivist’s Note: Son of Charles Tracy; nephew of Charles P. Kirkland and William Tracy; son-in-law of John Bigelow; brother-in-law of John Bigelow Jr., Poultney Bigelow, Frederick S. Hoppin, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Alfred Pell; uncle of Frederick S. Hoppin Jr., Tracy Hoppin, and J. Pierpont Morgan Jr.; grandfather of Peter Geoffrey Cook and Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff; great-uncle of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Sturgis Morgan, and Junius S. Morgan Jr.

Seconder of:

Century Memorial

Charles Edward Tracy was the heir of an honored name, and his family associations gave additional distinction to the position that came to him by inheritance. He was a well-educated and successful lawyer with a high reputation for integrity, prominent in his professional and social life, and gave promise of a brilliant career; but an insidious disease, against which he contended unavailingly for several years, cut him down in his prime, and removed from our midst one whom we all respected as a most genial and cultivated gentleman.

Death has thinned the ranks of our artist-members to an unusual extent, and among those

“Who have gone before

To that unknown and silent shore”

are some who were most gifted and accomplished.

Henry E. Howland
1897 Century Association Yearbook