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Frederick J. De Peyster


Centurion, 1886–1905

Full Name Frederick James De Peyster

Born 5 February 1839 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 11 May 1905 in Lakewood, New Jersey

Buried Trinity Churchyard, Manhattan, New York

Proposed by George V. N. Baldwin and Horace W. Robbins

Elected 1 May 1886 at age forty-seven

Archivist’s Note: Cousin of John Watts de Peyster

Century Memorial

Frederic de Peyster was a notable representative of the blended Holland and Huguenot stocks from which he was derived. Genial and vivacious in personal intercourse, he was deeply interested in certain lines of public activity ranging from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens to the Institution of the Deaf and Dumb, and in all these lines he was energetic and faithful. He was, perhaps, most intimately identified with organizations designed to foster the memories of our not very ancient early days—the Society of Colonial Wars, of which he was Governor-General and first Governor, the Holland Society, the Archæological Society, the St. Nicholas Society. Through his official representation of these associations he became one of the most regular speakers in the cycle of public dinners in this city. In that joyous occupation his sound sense, his loyalty to the best traditions of the past and his sympathy with the best present tendencies, his sparkling humor, and his irrepressible manifestation of good fellowship made him always welcome. Of late years frail health restricted his participation in social functions and made him a less frequent attendant at The Century, where formerly he was a confirmed habitué and where he leaves many most pleasant memories.

Edward Cary
1906 Century Association Yearbook