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J. J. Bowden


Centurion, 1857–unknown

Full Name James Jarvis Bowden

Born 13 April 1821 in Saint Mary’s, Maryland

Died 2 October 1861 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Proposed by Charles M. Leupp

Elected 5 September 1857 at age thirty-six

Archivist’s Note: There is a possibility that he did not join the club despite documentation of his election, as his name does not appear in any subsequent printed rosters of membership. He may have chosen not to “qualify” for membership (i.e., pay initiation fees). The Century Association has traditionally recognized such cases as former members, however, as rosters were not published annually and it is possible he joined between printings.

Century Memorial

The names which have ceased to appear on our list, ranged in the order of seniority of membership are those of William Kemble, John A. Appleton, Wm. Tracy, Edwin W. Stoughton, Richard H. Bowne, Edward Delano, Francis T. Walker, Chas. H. Rogers, Chas. T. Blake, H. F. Vail, Alanson S. Jones, Samuel B. Ruggles, Edward A. Washburn, John Carey, Jr., Alexander Major and Samuel W. Johnson.

Augustus R. Macdonough
1882 Century Association Reports