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Aaron J. Van der Poel


Centurion, 1861–1887

Full Name Aaron John Van der Poel

Born 24 October 1825 in Kinderhook, New York

Died 22 August 1887 in Paris, France

Buried Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery, Kinderhook, New York

Proposed by Augustus R. Macdonough and Charles H. Hunt

Elected 2 March 1861 at age thirty-five

Archivist’s Note: Brother of S. Oakley Van der Poel; nephew of Aaron Van der Poel; cousin of A. Ernest Vanderpoel; uncle of John Van der Poel and S. Oakley Van der Poel Jr.

Proposer of:

Century Memorial

Prof. Youmans, Dr. Hitchcock, Judge Rapallo and Aaron J. Vanderpoel, were men of whom any community might be proud might be proud. Their fame was not merely national, but extended beyond the limits of their own country.

The termination of their great and active usefulness is an irreparable loss to this whole community, which to us is enhanced by the reflection that our pleasant companionship with them within these walls is at an end.

Henry E. Howland
1888 Century Association Reports