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Aaron Van der Poel


Centurion, 1859–1870

Born 5 February 1799 in Kinderhook, New York

Died 18 July 1870 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Proposed by Edgar S. Van Winkle and John H. Gourlie

Elected 5 November 1859 at age sixty

Archivist’s Note: Father of E. Ernest Vanderpoel; uncle of Aaron J. Van der Poel and S. Oakley Van der Poel

Century Memorial

The quick remarking mind and social readiness of Charles Gould—the brilliant fitful fascination of Mignot’s genius—the quick Kunze, rather clear in the “inspiring vision” of Art than strong with its “faculty divine,” whose modesty disguised his work—the impressive presence and vigorous honest breadth of character of Vanderpoel—all these personalities have wrought their works, and ceased to be a present influence among us.

Augustus R. Macdonough
Annual Meeting Minutes, 14 January 1871