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George G. Smith

Merchant (Leather)

Centurion, 1850–1854

Full Name George Gordon Smith

Born 31 August 1816 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 27 September 1854 in North Atlantic, At Sea

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Proposed by Charles M. Leupp

Elected 6 April 1850 at age thirty-three

Archivist’s Note: Treasurer of the Century Association, 1852–1854. He died in the sinking of the paddle steamer SS Arctic, which collided with the fishing vessel SS Vesta 50 miles off the coast of Newfoundland while en route from Liverpool to New York.

Century Memorial

George G. Smith—our late treasurer—was lost in the steamer Arctic, on her voyage from Liverpool to New York. He was an intelligent and amiable man, and was universally esteemed. His melancholy death awakened a profound sorrow in a large circle of friends.

John H. Gourlie
“The Origin and History of the Century,” 1856