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Seth Low Pierrepont

Diplomatic Service

Centurion, 1916–1956

Born 25 December 1884 in New York (Brooklyn), New York

Died 31 March 1956 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Proposed by Theodore S. Woolsey and J. Howard Van Amringe

Elected 4 March 1916 at age thirty-one

Archivist’s Note: Grandson of Abiel Abbot Low and Henry E. Pierrepont; nephew of A. Augustus Low and Seth Low; cousin of Benjamin R. C. Low; brother-in-law of R. Burnham Moffat; uncle of Jay Pierrepont Moffat and John Pierrepont

Century Memorial

Seth Low Pierrepont was born in Brooklyn, as his name implies. He prepared at Groton and graduated from Columbia in 1907. He went into the diplomatic service for a time, and served as third secretary of the American Embassy in Paris, and later as chargé d’affaires in Santiago, Chile; but he was not particularly interested in this, and did not go on with it.

He bought a beautiful house at Ridgefield, and established himself there for the rest of his life. From 1921 to 1927 he was Republican Representative in the Connecticut Legislature, and from that time he was one of the responsible leaders in the life of the town. He organized the country club, built the golf links, and was head of the Fairfield County Farm Bureau. He also eventually became Senior Warden of St. Stephen’s Church, of which the Rector for many years was the late William B. Lusk.

Seth was a decent, honorable man, naturally and nurturally fitted to be the local squire of a New England town; and he filled this position admirably. He got involved with all kinds of good works, from the formation of the State Police to serving as trustee of Berea College; and he was successful in these enterprises because everybody had confidence in his integrity.

George W. Martin
1957 Century Association Yearbook