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Earliest Members of the Century Association

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Charles Toppan

Engraver/President, American Bank Note Co.

Centurion, 1858–1874

Born 10 February 1796 in Newburyport, Massachusetts

Died 20 November 1874 in Florence, Italy

Buried Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Proposed by Asher B. Durand

Elected 6 February 1858 at age sixty-one

Archivist’s Note: Father of Robert N. Toppan

Century Memorial

The number of members who have died since the year began is ten. The names of Bristed, Pearson, Ogden, Gavitt [sic: Gavit], Keller, Pell, Sturges, Toppan, Beeckman, and Varnum, appear no longer on our roll. Some of these recal[l] the early days of the Century, when their presence and character aided to form its growth, and gave grace and strength to its youthful prime.

Augustus R. Macdonough
1875 Century Association Reports