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Clarence D. Ashley

Dean, New York University School of Law

Centurion, 1900–1916

Full Name Clarence Degrand Ashley

Born 4 July 1851 in Boston, Massachusetts

Died 26 January 1916 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Proposed by William A. Keener and Wheeler H. Peckham

Elected 7 April 1900 at age forty-eight

Century Memorial

Clarence Degrand Ashley had a considerable law practice when, in 1891, he entered upon his true vocation as a teacher of law. He was the principal organizer of the Metropolis Law School, and when that united with the New York University Law School, he became a professor and subsequently its dean, a position filled by him for the last twenty years. In pursuance of his vocation, he compiled a book of Cases on Contract, and made a treatise on the same subject.

Henry Osborn Taylor
1917 Century Association Yearbook