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Edmund M. Young

Merchant (Leather)

Centurion, 1848–1864

Full Name Edmund Murray Young

Born 13 November 1813 in Poughkeepsie, New York

Died 8 October 1864 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, New York

Proposed by Charles M. Leupp

Elected 1 April 1848 at age thirty-four

Archivist’s Note: Treasurer of the Century Association, 1856–1857

Century Memorials

Mr. Gourlie presented the following Resolutions which, having been read, were unanimously adopted and the Secretary directed to enter them at length on the minutes, and to transmit a copy to the relatives of the late Edmund M. Young.

Resolved, that we, members of the Century, have received the intelligence of the death of our associate and friend, Edmund M. Young, with feelings of deep regret and that we desire to record our high estimate of his character as a man, and to express our sense of the loss we have sustained.

Resolved, that we acknowledge with pride the many excellences which distinguished him, his public and private usefulness, his uprightness and integrity in every sphere of life, the devotion of his energies and talents to the promotion of the good of his fellow-men, manifested by his labors in the many and various charitable and public institutions with which he had been long connected.

We remember him, as a companion, social and courteous—as a friend, unswerving and faithful—as a Christian, unostentatious and sincere.

Augustus R. Macdonough, Secretary
Monthly Meeting Minutes, 12 November 1864

Thayer, March, Rainsford, Benkard, Wadsworth, Porter, Young, and Noyes, no longer appear on our rolls. Of these, one wore out his life in faithful service to his country in a foreign land, two others, before the fulness of years was reached, had proved their worth, and gained their sure eminence as chiefs in their respective professions; and two, falling gloriously on the field of battle, passed into the memory of the nation as the brightest lights of sacrifice to patriotism that burn in the history of this war.

The Association has expressed in formal resolutions its appreciation of the high qualities of these men who honored us, and whom we delighted to honor, and those tracts which make them personally dear are each day regretfully recalled, as we miss how our gathering the clear sense and tolerant judgements of Thayer, the generous sympathies, ripened but not chilled, by large experience, of Young, and the brilliant yet gentle wit of the accomplished Porter. To remember that our circle once held such friends, and now has lost them, is to recal[l] our grief while justifying our pride in an Association which invites such companionship.

Augustus R. Macdonough
Annual Meeting Minutes, 14 January 1865