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Silas B. Brownell


Centurion, 1890–1918

Full Name Silas Brown Brownell

Born 11 October 1830 in Knoxville, New York

Died 12 June 1918 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Proposed by Hooper C. Van Vorst, Stephen P. Nash, and Joseph H. Choate

Elected 3 May 1890 at age fifty-nine

Proposer of:

Century Memorial

Few faces were better known during many years at the Century’s dinner-table and evening groups than that of Silas Brown Brownell, who in his eighty-eighth year preserved to the full that instinct of companionship and that interest in passing events which go to make up the true Club spirit. Having served with his regiment in the Civil War during his younger days, he added to the duties of sixty-five years of consecutive law practice in New York City the responsibilities of chairmanship in the board of Princeton Theological Seminary, and of secretaryship to the New York Bar Association. His presence in the Club brought with it the atmosphere not only of personal kindness and loyalty, but of public spirit and of that work for the general good in which so much of his life was unostentatiously passed.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1919 Century Association Yearbook