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John W. Harper


Centurion, 1875–1915

Full Name John Wesley Harper

Born 6 May 1831 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 14 August 1915 in Biddeford Pool, Maine

Buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Proposed by Henry Drisler and George William Curtis

Elected 6 November 1875 at age forty-four

Archivist’s Note: Brother of Joseph W. Harper; uncle of Joseph Henry Harper

Supporter of:

Century Memorial

John Wesley Harper, the last of the sons of John Harper, a founder of the famous house, was a man of sweet and sympathetic temper. Graduating from Columbia in ’52 as class valedictorian, he became a clerk with Harper & Brothers, and in 1869 a member of the firm. In 1897 he was made President of the company. He was also an incorporator of the Lincoln National Bank.

Henry Osborn Taylor
1916 Century Association Yearbook