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Bayard Tuckerman


Centurion, 1887–1923

Born 2 July 1855 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 20 October 1923 in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Buried Old South Cemetery, Ipswich, Massachusetts

Proposed by George Bernard Butler Jr. and Arthur G. Sedgwick

Elected 3 December 1887 at age thirty-two

Archivist’s Note: Son of Lucius Tuckerman; brother of Walter C. Tuckerman; nephew of Wolcott Gibbs; uncle of Arthur G. Sedgwick; second cousin of Eliot Tuckerman

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Bayard Tuckerman early showed his taste for history and literature; in 1882, at the age of twenty-seven, he published “A Short History of English Prose Fiction,” which remains one of his best productions. Later followed “A Life of General Lafayette,” “The Diary of Philip Howe,” “William Jay and the Abolition of Slavery” (1893), “Peter Stuyvesant” and the “Life of General Philip Schuyler.” He was lecturer on English History at Princeton University from 1889 to 1908, and contributed occasional articles to the Princeton Review.

Tuckerman’s early life was passed in New York, but of late years he had lived more and more at Ipswich, in his country home “Sunswick” named after his grandfather’s estate on Long Island. Here his scholarly habits made the tranquil life full and satisfying, and he was surrounded by a large circle of family and friends. The great gentleness and sweetness of his disposition and the simplicity of his character endeared him to every one who came in contact with him. The little daughter of an old friend once spoke of him as “the most gentle gentleman” she had ever seen; his friends among the distinguished writers of the day described his personality in similar terms of affection.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1924 Century Association Yearbook