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Alfred Jones


Centurion, 1847–1900

Full Name Alfred M. Jones

Born 7 April 1819 in Liverpool, England

Died 28 April 1900 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Oakland Cemetery, Yonkers, New York

Proposed by J. G. Chapman

Elected 2 October 1847 at age twenty-eight

Archivist’s Note: He ostensibly resigned sometime between 1851 and 1855 and was reinstated in March 1881 with a new set of proposers, Jervis McEntee and Thomas W. Wood.

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Century Memorial

Alfred Jones was an artist and bank note engraver, who, as long ago as 1839, took prizes in the New York Academy of Design for superiority in drawings and steel engravings, and for over fifty years has been producing admirable work. He was of English birth, and came to the United States in 1824. After studying engraving here and showing marked talent, he went to Europe in 1846, and spent several years in perfecting himself in the art. He engraved many of the pictures of the old Art Union, and portraits of William Cullen Bryant and A. B. Durand, and designed the Columbian series of postage stamps for the Government. He was a member of the American Water Color Society and of the Artist’s Fund. His latest works were a head of George Washington, and two portraits of Thomas Carlyle for the Grolier Club. He was a thorough artist in spirit and in work, one of the best engravers in the country, modest and retiring in his tastes, fond of nature and of flowers, which he cultivated at his picturesque home at Yonkers on the Hudson, where he lived before the Hudson River Railroad was built. He was much attached to The Century, and to his friends whom he met in the Club, and was on his way here to dine when he met his death by an untoward accident.

Henry E. Howland
1901 Century Association Yearbook