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Benson John Lossing


Centurion, 1847–unknown

Born 12 February 1813 in Beekman, New York

Died 3 June 1891 in Poughkeepsie, New York

Buried Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, New York

Proposed by T. S. Cummings

Elected 3 April 1847 at age thirty-four

Archivist’s Note: There is a possibility that he did not join the club despite documentation of his election, as his name does not appear in any subsequent printed rosters of membership. He may have chosen not to “qualify” for membership (i.e., pay initiation fees). The Century Association has traditionally recognized such cases as former members, however, as rosters were not published annually and it is possible he joined between printings.