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Daniel F. Appleton

Manufacturer (Watches)

Centurion, 1881–1904

Full Name Daniel Fuller Appleton

Born 31 January 1826 in Marblehead, Massachusetts

Died 5 February 1904 in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Buried Old South Cemetery, Ipswich, Massachusetts

Proposed by Richard Butler, Joseph H. Choate, and Salem H. Wales

Elected 1 October 1881 at age fifty-five

Archivist’s Note: Fourth cousin of the publishing brothers Daniel S. Appleton, George S. Appleton, John A. Appleton, Samuel F. Appleton, and William H. Appleton

Century Memorial

Daniel Fuller Appleton was identified from early boyhood with the trade in which he attained such signal success and reputation. Born in Marblehead, Mass., in 1826, he came to this city on attaining his majority, having been trained by an elder brother, and entered business with Mr. Robbins, joining him a few years later as partner in the firm of Robbins & Appleton, which in 1857 secured the works, then small, in Waltham, Mass. There was rapidly developed the extensive watch factory with its marvellous variety of mechanism of precision which has since become known the world over. Mr. Appleton was early interested in the Republican party, was one of the delegates to the first convention of that party presenting a Presidential ticket—that of Frémont and Dayton, in 1856,—and was one of the founders of the Union League Club, and afterwards its Vice-President. He was also a prominent member of the Grolier Club, and a successful collector in the lines of that organization.

Edward Cary
1905 Century Association Yearbook