Samuel Victor Constant (1857 -1909)
SAMUEL VICTOR CONSTANT was born in New York City on 9 September 1857, the son of Samuel Smith Constant and Mary (Tuttle) Constant, a direct descendant of John Tuttle, who came from Herefordshire, England in 1638. He qualified for membership through Lieutenant James Smith of Newbury, Massachusetts, who was born in 1645 and who died in 1690, while serving under Sir William Phipps on an Expedition to Canada.
Mr. Constant was educated at Columbia College with an A.B. degree in 1880 and LL.B. in 1886. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1882 and for many years had his law offices at 120 Broadway. He traveled extensively and was a student of Oriental languages and an archaelogist. He was a member of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Oriental Society, Saint David's Society and in 1876 joined the Seventh Regiment and, at the expiration of his time became a member of the veteran association of this Regiment. He was a member of numerous societies and prominent as Chairman of the Movement for Relief of Armenian Christians.
In 1883 he was married in Waterloo, England to Florence Elizabeth Price, born in Pyll Gwently, Wales, daughter of Captain James Price, RNR. She resided at Monmouth House, Waterloo at the time of their marriage.
For many years Samuel and Florence lived at 420 West 24th Street in New York City. He died while on a trip to Italy in June of 1909, a trip he took as a widower, following the death of his wife in 1908.
The Society erected an inscribed granite headstone at the grave of Samuel Victor Constant at the Green-Wood Cemetery. This monument was unveiled on 21 September, 1998.
FOUNDERS OF THE SOCIETY
- HOWARD R. BAYNE
- S. VICTOR CONSTANT
- T. WALN-MORGAN DRAPER
- GEORGE M. GUNN
- FREDERICK E. HAIGHT
- CHARLES B. MILLER
- EDWARD C. MILLER
- CHARLES H. MURRAY
- NATHAN G. POND
- SATTERLEE SWARTWOUT