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Charles H. Ogden


Centurion, 1864–1874

Full Name Charles Hammond Ogden

Born 4 January 1813 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 2 July 1874 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Saint Paul’s Chapel and Churchyard, Manhattan, New York

Proposed by John H. Gourlie and Augustus R. Macdonough

Elected 3 April 1864 at age fifty-one

Century Memorial

The trait most conspicuous in Charles Ogden was not so much his rare and peculiar wit, as the thorough breeding that held it always under control. No one of us remembers to have seen another hurt by the edge of that wit which so often surprised and charmed us with its keenness. His own sensitivities bred in him a punctilious care for others’ feelings; and the literary reputation he might easily have won as a satirist would have been unwelcome to his refined, quiet, and friendly nature.

Augustus R. Macdonough
1875 Century Association Reports