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J. Davenport Wheeler


Centurion, 1905–1922

Full Name John Davenport Wheeler

Born 29 August 1834 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 26 January 1922 in New Haven, Connecticut

Buried Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut

Proposed by John Durand and John F. Weir

Elected 3 June 1905 at age seventy

Century Memorial

To J. Davenport Wheeler, one of the veterans of the Civil War, that war was a shadow on his life. Captured in 1863 on a far Southern battlefield, he was immured for the next two years in a Southern military prison, whence he emerged with health and spirit broken. It was his cruel lot to learn from a newly-arrived fellow-prisoner the report—correct as it happened, but for Wheeler in his prison neither confirmed nor confirmable—that his favorite brother had fallen in action. All this experience of half a century ago colored his later life, which was quietly spent in business pursuits at New Haven.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1923 Century Association Yearbook