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Samuel D. Babcock

Banker/Businessman

Centurion, 1878–1902

Full Name Samuel Denison Babcock

Born 16 May 1822 in Stonington, Connecticut

Died 14 September 1902 in Lenox, Massachusetts

Buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Proposed by Daniel Huntington and William H. Appleton

Elected 4 May 1878 at age fifty-five

Century Memorial

Samuel Dudley [sic] Babcock, born of a long line of New England ancestry, reaching back to within a few years of The Mayflower, brought to this city in his early youth the energy, the intelligence, and the sterling moral qualities of his family. The variety of the enterprises in which he had an active and influential part was very great. Real estate, banking, insurance, the telephone, steamships, railroads, trust companies, shared his interest and his guidance. He was deeply respected in every walk of life. His long experience and sound judgment were joined with remarkable foresight and courage, and in the later years of his life he was probably the trusted counsellor in more kinds of extensive business than any other man in the city. He was a discriminating lover of art, and actively connected with many of the organizations for its promotion. He was fond of outdoor life, and regular in its wholesome occupations. A strong, kindly, faithful man, he left a deep impress on the life of the community, and a grateful memory with those who had the privilege of association with him.

Edward Cary
1903 Century Association Yearbook