Biographical Notes for Beverley Constantine Sanders (1854-1934)

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NYTimes Obituary -- 3/14/34: B C Sanders Dead; Cotton Goods Man
Associated for years in Firm of Palmer Brothers Company of New London CT

Beverley Constantine Sanders, cotton goods manufacturer, connected for many years in the firm of Palmer Brothers Company of New London, Conn., died here today at St Agnes Hospital of complications resulting from a fall two weeks ago. He was 80 years old.

One of his ancestors was associated with Lord Baltimore in the founding of Maryland. He was the son of Beverley Chunn Sanders, organizer and first president of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Elizabeth Hillen Sanders, daughter of Thomas Hillen of Baltimore.

Mr Sanders father was first Collector of the Port of San Francisco and during President Fillmore's administration he served as Minister of the United States to Russia [this is a bit of an exaggeration].

In accordance with a family tradition, Mr Sanders to the very last was wearing an ancestral ring bearing the family coat-of-arms. Nurses at the hospital, not understanding, attempted to remove it, but Mr Sanders, even while semi-conscious, struggled to retain it on his finger. Physicians marveled at his vitality.

As a youth, Mr Sanders was well known in amateur athletic circles of Connecticut. At one time he held an amateur rowing championship in that State. On one occasion at the Pequot Club of New London, of which he was a member, the boxer, who was scheduled to spar with Jack Munroe, then world's champion, failed to appear, and Mr Sanders, who satg on the ringside in evening clothes, vonunteered to engage in the sparring instead.

He was a graduate of Seton Hall College at Baltimore. He had discontinued most of his club memberships in later years, but had retained his associate membership in the Confederate Members Camp.

He resided at 14 Crane Avenue, this city [actually the city was White Plains,], with his daughter, Mrs John W Konvalinka. Others surviving are his son BCS Jr of New York, a niece, Mrs Francis D Hoyt of Beverly Hills CA and six grandchildren. A mass of requiem will be celebrated at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning in the Lady Chapel of St Patrick's Cathedral, New York.

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