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CLUB AND SOCIETY LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES - Continued.
gress to grant them a special flag, which they have carried with success all over the world. The iace of the yacht America in English waters, beating all competitors, gave birth to the inquiry, "What is first?” “The America.” What is second ?" " There is no second." There are over eight hundred members in this club, and they own the largest number and the finest fleet of yachts of any club in the world.
Before closing this article I must make mention of the two Newport social clubs, the one known as the Newport Reading-Room, the other as the Casino Club. The latter club came into existence in a novel way. When our distinguished New York journalist, Mr. James Gordon Bennett, made Newport his home, buying the old Middleton mansion, afterwards the Sidney Brooks residence, and filling it with distinguished Europeans, his activity and energy gave new life to the place. One fine summer morning one of his guests, an officer in the English army, a bright spirit and admirable horseman, riding up to the Newport Reading-Room, where all the fossils of the place, the nobs and the swells daily gossiped, he was challenged to ride the pony into the hall of this revered old club, and being bantered to do it, actually did ride the pony across the narrow piazza and into the hall of the club itself. This was enough to set Newport agog. What sacrilege : an Englishman to ride in upon us, not respecting the sanctity of the place! It aroused the old patriots who were members of that institution with the spirit of '76 and a summary note was sent to the great journalist, withdrawing the invitation that had previously been given his guest.
The latter in turn felt aggrieved and retaliated, with this result : the building for Newport of a superb casino, embracing a club known as the Casino Club, which is now one of the best and most flourishing little clubs in the country.
PORTRAITS AND SKETCHES OF A FEW OF THE
REPRESENTATIVE CLUB MEN
WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED ARTICLES SIGNED OR UNSIGNED
TO THIS PUBLICATION
ROBERT C. ALEXANDER, A.M., LL.B.
OF NEW YORK
Robert C. Alexander was born thirty-six years ago at West Charlton, Saratoga County, New York, of Scotch parentage. He worked on his father's farm till seventeen years of age. In 1876 he entered Union College and was graduated, 1880, at the head of his class. He took one of the prizes at the Sophomore Prize Speaking contest and at graduation took the first Blatchford Oratorical prize and the Ingham Essay prize.
After graduation Mr. Alexander attended the law department of Union University, at Albany, and was graduated in 1881 with the degree of LL.B., being admitted to the bar the same year. Two years later Union gave him the degree of Master of Arts. Shortly after he entered the law office of Lucius and D. C. Robertson, at Elmira, N. Y. In 1884 he came to New York and engaged in the practice of his profession. Previous to 1888 he had become the personal counsel of Col. Elliott F. Shepard, and on the purchase, by the latter, of the New York Mail and Express, became the Attorney for that newspaper, one of the Directors and the Secretary and Treasurer of the Mail and Express Publishing Company, as well as a regular editorial writer. In March last he was appointed Editor-in-chief of the Mail and Express, retaining, however, his official connection with the business department.
Mr. Alexander made a special study of the law of corporations, and has organized several manufacturing and other corporations in different States. He organized the Adirondack League Club, the largest and wealthiest sporting club in the country, and the Palmetto Club of South Carolina, sketches of both which appear in this volume. Except in looking after the legal business of the Mail and Express, Mr. Alexander has withdrawn from active practice.
He is Vice-President and a Director of the Fisth Avenue Transportation Com. pany, Treasurer of the New York Express Company, a Director of the Burgess Gun Company, of Buffalo, N. Y.; the Associated Banking and Trust Company, of Portland, Oregon; and the Traill County Elevator Company, of North Dakota. He is a member of the Lawyer's Club, the New York City Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, the Press, and University Clubs, the Union College Alumni Association, of New York, the Alpha Delta Phi Club and the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association, of New York, the Republican Club, the Colonial Club and St. Andrew's Society. He is also a member of the Megantic Fish and Game Club, of Canada and Maine, the Sullivan County and the Adirondack League Club, of New York, and the Palmetto Club, of South Carolina, of the two latter of which he has been a Trustee and Secretary from their organization; the American Canoe Association, the Riverside Wheelman, the new Manhattan Athletic Club, the New York Canoe Club as well as the Lake George Yacht Club, which has its headquarters upon the beautiful lake on which Mr. Alexander has a delightful suminer home. Five years ago he was elected a life Trustee of Union College.