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John Crerar


Centurion, 1858–1889

Full Name John Chippewa Crerar

Born 8 March 1827 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 19 October 1889 in Chicago, Illinois

Buried Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

Proposed by John H. Gourlie

Elected 9 January 1858 at age thirty

Proposer of:

Century Memorial

John Crerar was a public-spirited citizen, addicted to literary pursuits, interested in libraries, and left the large fortune he accumulated to the establishment of a public library in the city of Chicago, where he died.

Henry E. Howland
1890 Century Association Yearbook