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Percy McElrath


Centurion, 1886–1901

Born 27 April 1853 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 11 June 1901 in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Buried Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Proposed by Thomas McElrath and William Packer Prentice

Elected 4 December 1886 at age thirty-three

Archivist’s Note: Son of Thomas McElrath; uncle of Paul Debevoise and Thomas M. Debevoise

Century Memorial

Percy McElrath was a son of Thomas McElrath, one of the earlier members of The Century, elected in 1855, when the Club was still in its rooms on Broadway [sic: 24 Clinton Place, now 46 East 8th Street]. The younger McElrath was graduated from the College of the City of New York, and a lawyer by profession. He had a remarkable aptitude as a linguist, and was under two different administrations Consul of the United States at Turin, Italy. His death was peculiarly sad, as he had returned to his native country in confidence that the air of Colorado would restore his shattered health; but he survived only a few hours his arrival at Colorado Springs.

Edward Cary
1902 Century Association Yearbook