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Arthur Train


Centurion, 1907–1945

Full Name Arthur Cheney Train

Born 6 September 1875 in Boston, Massachusetts

Died 22 December 1945 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium, Middle Village, New York

Proposed by Robert Abbe and Charles C. Burlingham

Elected 1 June 1907 at age thirty-one

Seconder of:

Century Memorial

Arthur Cheney Train. [Born] 1875. Mr. Tutt.

One of the best literary craftsmen of our time and one of the most modest. He used to say he had no pretensions to be called a man of letters; but his Mr. Tutt is one of the great character creations of American literature—a character so real, so personal, so distinctive, so inextricably intertwined with Arthur Train himself that he became Mr. Tutt. This, all men know, as they know that he was President of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and President and early guide of the Authors’ League of America. In the former capacity he was called upon to present the Institute’s gold medal posthumously awarded to our own beloved Stephen Vincent Benét. He had written a formal speech to be addressed to Mrs. Benét—Rosemary. But suddenly he departed from all formality and with a breaking voice said simply: “We give you this, dear Rosemary.” Mr. Tutt could not have done it better.

Source: Henry Allen Moe Papers, Mss.B.M722. Reproduced by permission of American Philosophical Society Library & Museum, Philadelphia

Henry Allen Moe
Henry Allen Moe Papers, 1945 Memorials