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James R. Burnet


Centurion, 1903–1908

Full Name James Robison Burnet

Born 5 August 1872 in Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island

Died 11 July 1908 in New York (Brooklyn), New York

Buried Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York

Proposed by Everett P. Wheeler and Richard W. G. Welling

Elected 7 November 1903 at age thirty-one

Century Memorial

James Robison Burnet had been a member of the Association for only five years, and was barely thirty-six [sic: thirty-five] when he died. But in this relatively short life he had secured a sound education at the New York University, and as both lawyer and citizen had commanded the respect and won the confidence of this community. He had held positions of trust in great houses of finance, he had wrought earnestly for reform, and combined with his agreeable personality was a high promise of future usefulness which gave him the right of citizenship here.

William Milligan Sloane
1909 Century Association Yearbook