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John A. Church


Centurion, 1873–1917

Full Name John Adams Church

Born 5 April 1843 in Rochester, New York

Died 12 February 1917 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, New York

Proposed by Frederick A. P. Barnard and Edward F. Davison

Elected 6 December 1873 at age thirty

Archivist’s Note: Brother of Francis P. Church and William Conant Church; father of John A. Church Jr.

Seconder of:

Century Memorial

John Adams Church, a younger brother of Col. William C. Church, who survived him but a few months, was the first graduate of the School of Mines of what is now Columbia University. Having studied in Europe, he undertook the duties of a professor at Columbia, while at the same time editing the Engineering & Mining Journal. He was a member of the United States Geographical and Geological Survey, and the examiner of the Comstock Lode, and then a professor in the Ohio State University. He was afterwards engaged by Li Hung Chang, and spent four years opening the silver mines in Mongolia and introducing there American methods and machinery.

Henry Osborn Taylor
1918 Century Association Yearbook