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William G. Verplanck


Centurion, 1909–1931

Full Name William Gordon Verplanck

Born 15 April 1861 in Geneva, New York

Died 18 September 1931 in Bay Head, New Jersey

Proposed by Beverly Chew and William H. Boardman

Elected 6 February 1909 at age forty-seven

Archivist’s Note: Fifth cousin, twice removed, of Gulian C. Verplanck

Century Memorial

William Gordon Verplanck belonged to the New York family of that name, whose beginnings date back to the older Dutch colonial days and which had been associated during nearly two centuries with the famous Verplanck mansion at Beacon, within whose walls the Society of the Cincinnati was first organized. Verplanck himself practiced law in New York City during nearly half a century, but never practiced very actively. His special avocation was the history of the Hudson Valley in which his family had lived; his own published reminiscences touched on such institutions of another day as the early pilots of the Hudson River. Quiet and reserved in manner, he was nevertheless most appreciative of good talk, and contributed his share to the Century’s casual conversation of an afternoon.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1932 Century Association Yearbook