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CHAPTER THE FIRST
A Brief Discussion of the Origin of Clubs, with some detailed
Reference to the Growth of “Political Clubs” in this Country
- The State of the Democratic Party in the Summer of 1865
-The actual Beginning of the Manhattan Club-Patriotic
Motives of the Founders.
CHAPTER THE SECOND
The First Club-house-Early Presidents of the Club—"Prince
John” Van Buren.
CHAPTER THE THIRD
"No. 96"-Customs and Laws-Douglas Taylor-The Fa-
mous Trio-"Cadaverous Ben"-Well-known Members-The
CHAPTER THE FOURTH
The Old Benkard House-Recollections of Mr. Lyons-
“Uncle Dave" Gilbert and General Martin T. McMahon
-Wilder Allen, the Practical Joker.
CHAPTER THE FIFTH
The Old Club—Public Dinners and Receptions-Out-of-town
Members provided for—Mortality among the Club Officials-
The Club denounces the Use of Troops in Louisiana.
CHAPTER THE SIXTH
The New Club-Its Articles of Incorporation-Arrangements
for the Renewal of the Leasehold-The Formal Acts of
CHAPTER THE SEVENTH
Club Ups and Downs-Its Long and Arduous Financial
Struggle-Grievous Loss by Robbery-Final Adjustment of
its Money Affairs.
CHAPTER THE EIGHTH
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Early Years of the New Club-Many Constitutional Changes
and a Few Receptions-The Election of Grover Cleveland to
the Presidency-Deaths of Vice-President Hendricks, Gen-
eral Hancock, and Governor Seymour.
CHAPTER THE NINTH ..
Last Years in the Benkard House-Removal to the Stewart
House, called the "Whited Sepulchre"-Memorials of Mr.
Cleveland-Death of Mr. Tilden.
CHAPTER THE TENTH .
The Stewart House-Money Troubles—Truax, O'Sullivan,
and Rodie—“Uncle Tom" Miller-His Tragic End-Factions
of 1896–Colonel “Bill” Brown-His famous Cleveland-Hill
Dinner-His Resignation in a “Huff”—The Reception to
Dewey- The Admiral's good Memory.
CHAPTER THE ELEVENTH .
Club Proceedings in the Stewart House-A Round of Recep-
tions to Gorman, Van Wyck, and Cleveland and Stevenson-
Death of the distinguished Frederic R. Coudert.
CHAPTER THE TWELFTH
The Stewart House a "White Elephant"-Removal to
Cheaper Quarters Imperative-Hunting for a New Club-
house–The Final Choice-A Happy Solution.
CHAPTER THE THIRTEENTH
Final Proceedings—The New Century-Purchase of a Per-
manent Home-Celebration of the Club's Semi-Centenary
under Happy Auspices.
CHAPTER THE FOURTEENTH
The Club Library-Mr. James Dunne, Librarian of the Man-
hattan Club, recalls Literary History-Gifts-Purchases
CHAPTER THE FIFTEENTH .
The contemporary Manhattan Club-Meeting of Old and
New-Present Governors of the Club and their Records-
The President and Ex-Presidents-Prominent Members-
Some Groups within the Club-Thirty-year and Older Mem-
bers of the Club-Notable Employees.
CHAPTER THE SIXTEENTH
The Anniversary Banquet-A Memorable and Brilliant Affair
-President Britt presides and President Wilson outlines an
Administrative Programme-Speeches by Judge O'Brien,
Mr. Patrick Francis Murphy, and Mr. Frank Lawrence.
John Van Buren, 1865–1866
Augustus Schell, 1866–1874
August Belmont, 1874-1879
Aaron J. Vanderpoel, 1879–1886 .
Frederic R. Coudert, 1889–1899
Charles H. Truax, 1899–1906 .
John Hone, 1906–1908
Morgan J. O'Brien, 1908–1910
Alton B. Parker, 1910-1911
Victor J. Dowling, 1911-1914 ·
Philip J. Britt, 1914–.
Smith M. Weed
James A. O'Gorman .