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Dudley B. Fuller

Merchant (Dry Goods)/Iron Manufacturer

Centurion, 1847–1868

Full Name Dudley Barber Fuller

Born 27 December 1797 in Rutland, Vermont

Died 18 March 1868 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried New York Marble Cemetery, 2d Ave, Manhattan, New York

Proposed by N/A: Founder

Elected 13 January 1847 at age forty-nine

Archivist’s Note: He ostensibly resigned sometime between 1851 and 1855 and was reinstated in April 1857 with a new proposer, Henry L. Pierson. Father of George Fuller.

Century Memorials

That current brings, but it also bears away. Down its mournful ebb have gone during the past year Bonney, the accomplished and upright jurist—Fuller, with his steady grasp of affairs, his clear honesty, and warm heart—the cultivated force and rich and vigorous personality of Leutze—and Cozzens, for whom as a patron of Art, sure discernment inspired princely liberality, and for whom, as a man, friendship laments that the days he knew so well how to enrich with all its delights, should have closed so early and so sadly.

Augustus R. Macdonough
Annual Meeting Minutes, 9 January 1869

A direct descendant of a Mayflower Pilgrim, Fuller was an iron manufacturer. He was a member of the Sketch Club and the Union Club and a trustee of The New York Life Insurance Company. He was born in 1797, died in 1868 and is buried in Marble Cemetery.

The Sketch Club meetings began with an hour devoted to drawing from a subject chosen by the host of the evening. Literary members devoted this hour to the composition of poetry. This was followed by a meal. Interest in drawing apparently waned on at least one occasion. The minutes for February 2, 1829 note that there was “no Drawing but of corks.”

William A. Frosch
“Our Original Amateurs, 2009”