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William S. Mayo


Centurion, 1850–1895

Full Name William Starbuck Mayo

Born 20 April 1812 in Ogdensburg, New York

Died 22 November 1895 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Proposed by Daniel Huntington

Elected 6 April 1850 at age thirty-seven

Archivist’s Note: He ostensibly resigned sometime between 1850 and 1851 and was reinstated in June 1859 with a new proposer, Benjamin R. Winthrop.

Century Memorial

William Starbuck Mayo, though educated as a physician, achieved an enviable reputation as an author of delightful books of romantic travel and adventure, which rank with those of the late Herman Melville in originality and interest, and met with great popular favor. Besides contributing frequently to magazine literature, he wrote a work on natural philosophy, and was a successful inventor. He was one of our oldest and most respected members, and although with advancing years he was seldom seen here, we remember the intellectual grace and old-time courtesy which characterized him and made him one of the most interesting of men.

Henry E. Howland
1896 Century Association Yearbook