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REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 21 MEMORIAL MINUTE ON THE DEATH OF J?enjamtn West Pormep Proton Adopted December 15, 1936 Whereas, The New York Historical Society has learned with much sorrow of the death on November 26, 1936, in New York City, of Benjamin West Bonney Brown, Third Vice President of the Society, be it Resolved, That the following memorial minute be adopted by a rising vote: Benjamin West Bonney Brown, the son of Edward F. Brown and Eleanor Bonney, his wife, was born in New York City on February 13, 1870. His early education was at Williston Academy in Massachusetts where he prepared for Yale College which he entered and was graduated with the class of 1891. He studied at the Columbia Law School, was admitted to the Bar and practiced with his father until the latter's death in 1909. Thereafter, Mr. Brown who was unmarried, continued in the practice of law alone. He became the Republican leader in the Twenty-seventh Assembly District, County of New York and was elected to the Board of Aldermen in the City of New York in 1906. He served two terms of two years each and declined a renomination in 1909, though strongly urged to accept, and was endorsed by the Citizens' Union. Mr. Brown was a trustee of The Northern Dispensary since 1895 and for many years acted as their Counsel. He served as President of the Sons of the Revolution from 1931 to 1934 and was a member of many societies and associations. Among them are, Veteran Corps of Artillery, Saint Nicholas Society, Society of Colonial Wars, Bar Association, Yale Club, Downtown Association and Whist Club. In 1910 he became a member of The New York Historical Society and was appointed the same year as a member of the Executive Committee. In 1930 he was elected Recording Secretary of the Society and served until 1935 when he became its Third Vice President, which office he held at the time of his death. During the twenty-six years of his membership and service on the Executive Committee, Mr. Brown evinced a deep interest in its affairs, willingly giving his time for all services he was called upon to perform. He faithfully attended the meetings of the Executive Committee always taking an active part in its deliberations, in which his opinions were always sought. He was greatly interested in helping to plan the Society's new building and was a member of the Building Committee at the time of his death. Therefore, the Executive Committee desire to place upon its minutes this memorial tribute to their loyal associate and express to Mr. Brown's family their deep sympathy in the loss sustained by his passing. Be it, Resolved, That this minute be adopted by a rising vote and an engrossed copy be forwarded to his family.