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BORN JULY 8, 1849 
DIED OCTOBER 23, 1909 

SENATOR, 1890-3, 1896 TO 1909 
MEMBER OF ASSEMBLY, 1882-3, 1889 

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Honorable Patrick Henry McCarren, Senator 
representing the Seventh Senatorial District of the 
State of New York, died on Saturday, October 
twenty-third, nineteen hundred and nine. 

He had been a member of the Senate since 
eighteen hundred and ninety, with the exception 
of the years eighteen hundred and ninety-four and 
five, and was a Member of the Assembly in the 
years eighteen hundred and eighty-two and three 
and eighteen hundred and eighty-nine. 

He was a Democrat, one of the most powerful 
and influential members of his party, and for sev- 
eral years previous to his death had been the 
leader of the regular Democratic organization of 
Kings county. 

Ready and powerful in debate, skilled and 
astute as a parliamentarian, ripe in legislative 
experience and political knowledge, he was a 
leading figure in the Senate. 

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At the opening of the legislative session of 
nineteen hundred and ten, concurrent resolutions 
were adopted expressive of the sorrov/ of the 
Legislature, providing for suitable memorial ser- 
vices in honor of Senator McCarren, and Senators 
John Raines and William T. O'Neill, who had 
died during the recess of nineteen hundred and 
nine, and the following were appointed as a joint 
committee to arrange and conduct such exercises: 
Senators George A. Davis, Thomas F. Grady, 
Thomas C. Harden, George H. Cobb, Herbert 
P. Coats and Frederick W. Griffith; Assembly- 
men Edwin A. Merritt, Jr., Fred J. Gray, Alex- 
ander Macdonald, John H. Donnelly, James E. 
Fay, John J. O'Neill, Sanford W. Abbey, Mar- 
vin I. Greenwood and Llewellyn J. Barden. 

Pursuant to the recommendation of the joint 
committee the Legislature met in joint asssembly 
in the Assembly Chamber, on Monday evening, 
May sixteenth, nineteen hundred and ten, the 
families and relatives of the deceased Senators 
being present as the guests of the Legislature, and 
a large audience of friends, including many State 


officials and a delegation of two hundred and 
fifty members of the regular Kings County Demo- 
cratic Organization being in attendance. 

Senator George Allen Davis, Chairman of the 
joint committee, introduced Lieutenant-Governor 
Horace White as the presiding officer, who briefly 
stated the purposes of the joint assembly. 


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PRAYER— Right Reverend THOMAS M. A. BURKE 

"Lead. Kindly Light" - - - Buck 



"Forever Blessed" ... Mendelssohn 



"God's Angels" - - - - Bremer 



"Remember Now Thy Creator" - - Holden 


Music by Double Quartette from members of the choir of All Saints' 
Cathedral of Albany. 


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In the name of the Father, Son and Floly 
Ghost, Amen. Oh, Almighty and Eternal God, 
we beseech Thee to look down with benign coun- 
tenance upon all those who are here assembled to 
pay a tribute of respect to the memory of three 
of Thy servants, Senators of the State, whom 
Thou hast pleased to call to Thyself. All 
authority comes from Thee, whether it be execu- 
tive, legislative or judicial, and these. Thy ser- 
vants, shared Thy authority under the power of 
Thee, the great Law-giver, and they devoted their 
time and energy to making laws for this State, 
and to the interest of their fellow citizens; and 
hence, we deem it our duty to pay a tribute of 
respect to their memory. Death brings sorrow to 
us all, and many hearts have been saddened by 
the death, especially the families and friends of 
these departed Senators, but we are consoled with 
the hope that they have only changed this world 
for a better and a happier life. We beseech 
Thee, in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, to con- 
fer upon the sorrowing families and friends of our 
departed Senators, and to send into their bleeding 
hearts the balm of Thy divine consolation. 


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We bow down in submission to Thy holy will 
in having sent us this affliction; we beg of Thee 
consolation for their families and mercy for our- 
selves. We pray Thee to bless our government, 
bless our Legislature, bless our Judiciary; we 
beseech Thee to bless our Nation; to bless the 
President of this Republic, our Congress, and all 
the officials of this Republic; to grant that we 
may serve Thee, and in serving Thee, and in 
living under just laws, we may enjoy peace, pros- 
perity and happiness. 

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be 
Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be 
done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this 
day our daily bread, and forgive us our tres- 
passes as we forgive those who trespass against 
us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us 
from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, and the 
power and the glory, forever. Amen. 


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It has been the good fortune of Kings county 
to be represented in either branch of the State 
Legislature for nearly half a century by men of 
exceptional ability and influence. The names of 
Henry C. Murphy, Frederick A. Schroeder, John 
C. Jacobs and Alfred C. Chapin are not likely 
to be forgotten by any one who has given atten- 
tion to the history of legislation in this State since 
the period of the Civil War down to the present. 
Murphy had been United States Minister to The 
Hague and Mayor of Brooklyn before he entered 
on his legislative career, and it was his own opin- 
ion, often expressed, that in no sphere had he 
been able to render better service to the public 
than here in Albany. Jacobs, who succeeded 
him, was recognized as one of the ablest debaters 
who had up to that time appeared in the legisla- 
tive arena. He was the right-hand man of 
Samuel J. Tilden, and in many ways left a mark 
not to be effaced on the records of the law- 
making power. Schroeder came to the Senate 
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and Mayor, and was recognized here, no less 
than at home, as one of the most intelHgent and 
high-minded of our public men. He was largely 
instrumental in obtaining a new charter for Brook- 
lyn, which is still pointed to by the students of 
municipal affairs as one of the best ever framed 
for an American city. Alfred C. Chapin attained 
to the distinction of bemg chosen Speaker of the 
Assembly, later to the honor of being Comptroller 
of the State, and still later to the honor of being 
twice elected Mayor of Brooklyn. 

It was from a community thus ably served from 
time to time that Patrick H. McCarren came to 
the Assembly in 1882, filled with zeal for the 
cause of the party with which he was identified, 
and destined to accomplish not less for the good 
of Brooklyn than the most efficient of his prede- 
cessors. Having been elected when just tumed 
twenty-one to the General Committee of the 
Democratic party in Kings county, he may be 
said, from that time forward, whether in office or 
in private life, to have made politics the chief 
subject of his thought and exertion. He had 
other interests, of course. He had his living to 
earn, and he earned it in his profession as lawyer 
as he had at an earlier day supported himself at 
his trade as a cooper, but at no time, from the 
dawn of his manhood until the close of his 


career, was there any vacillation of purpose shown 
in his devotion to public affairs. Far from being 
offended at being called a politician, he took 
pains to emphasize his right to the name, and 
became a power both at home and in the State 
because of his essential singleness of aim. That 
he was able in the conventions of his party, as 
well as in the Senate, to exert so much influence 
was unquestionably due to this concentration of 

The error into which not a few friends of 
reform fall, when they imagine that the desire to 
do good IS sufficient to msure the achievement of 
it, without any mastery of the means by which 
practical results are brought to pass, was never 
countenanced by Senator McCarren. Whatever 
else may have been denied by his opponents, no 
one ever failed to recognize him as master of the 
business to which he had addressed himself. He 
studied men, studied the principles of government, 
familiarized himself with the arts by which the 
public mind is moved, and did not forget that the 
key to the present was often to be found in the 
history of the past. Realizing fully that knowl- 
edge is power, no less in the political arena than 
in any other, he was careful to accumulate infor- 
mation. He was in this respect a typical Ameri- 
can of what is sometimes called the older school. 


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Denied by the necessities of his parents more than 
a public school education, when he went as an 
apprentice to the cooper's shop, he took pains to 
obtain by persistent study at night the culture 
which colleges and liberal ease bestow. The 
lamp of the student was one of the lights which 
never ceased to shine across his path. In this 
way he qualified himself for admission to the bar, 
learned how to express himself, both in debate 
and with his pen, with grace and gentle- 
manly vigor, so that when the time came for him 
to take a conspicuous share in the work of mould- 
ing public affairs, he was at no disadvantage in 
point of refinement with any of his rivals. 
Looked at from this point of view, it is evident 
that the deceased Senator had his full share of 
the self-helping spirit which has done so much 
for the upbuilding of the Republic, and which 
has its highest examples in the biographies of 
Franklin and Lincoln. The pride he unfeign- 
edly took in the fact that he had been bom in 
Massachusetts was evidently due in no small 
measure to his belief that nowhere has the gospel 
of self-help in education, no less than in other 
matters, been more effectively preached and illus- 
trated than in that Commonwealth. Without in 
any degree abating the fervent love for Ireland 
communicated to him by his parentage, and cer- 


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tainly never less at any time in his relation to the 
country of his birth than an American loyal to 
the whole of it, he never failed to feel a special 
sense of obligation to the State which from the 
beginning has gloried in the intelligence and self- 
improving spirit of its toiling masses. In this rela- 
tion, too, it is proper to mention what was ever 
characteristic of him as a member of the Legisla- 
ture. Never was the cause of public education 
neglected by him. Never was there any occasion 
given by him for complaint of neglect, when the 
problem of adding to the means of education, in 
all its forms, both primary and advanced, was 
under consideration. An appeal to the records 
will show, I am confident, that gratitude and 
statesmanlike clearness of vision, combined at all 
times in his own breast, to make him one of the 
most ardent of the friends of the public schools. 
I have referred to four of the most distin- 
guished men by whom Brooklyn has been repre- 
sented in the Legislature, namely, Henry C. Mur- 
phy, Frederick A. Schroeder, Alfred C. Chapin 
and John C. Jacobs. I refer to them for the pur- 
pose of emphasizing what is the judgment of 
many well-informed people, that Senator McCar- 
ren, in the course of his eighteen years in the 
Senate and three in the Assembly, was more suc- 
cessful than any of them in obtaining the passage 


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of measures of large practical benefit to Brooklyn. 
By this I do not mean to intimate that he was 
either abler or more zealous for the good of his 
constituents than they were. He harbored no such 
thought, nor do I. The point is that as a result 
of his better fortune, combined with similar quali- 
fications, he was able to effect more. Secure in 
the confidence of his constituents, he had for a 
span of nearly thirty years, with insignificant inter- 
missions, an exceptional opportunity for usefulness, 
in this respect illustrating what is too often for- 
gotten, that time is an element in the development 
of influence, and that it is rather the fault of 
fickle constituencies than of incompetent representa- 
tives, that so many of our legislators come and go 
without affecting the course of events. It is 
unnecessary to tell any experienced member of 
either House, or of either House at Washington, 
how much is involved in this, but it is necessary 
to have it laid to heart by the people of any dis- 
trict who would covet the distinction of being 
represented by able and influential men. What, 
at least, is not doubtful, is that Senator McCar- 
ren was both able and influential, and that the 
stability of his supporters furnished him the oppor- 
tunity to serve them as he could not have done, 
despite all his ability, had they been less firm in 
their support. Ignoring, as it becomes us on an 


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occasion of this kind, all narrow controversies, the 
tribute which we come to pay to the dead Sen- 
ator's memory flows from the heart of a com- 
munity which is deeply sensible of the loss it sus- 
tained when he died, and of the large and varied 
benefits he conferred upon it when alive. The 
bridges, the parks, the improved means of transit, 
the better paved and lighted streets, as well as 
the freer and vastly greater educational facilities 
by which the Brookljoi of to-day is distinguished 
from the Brooklyn of twenty years ago, are due 
more to the legislative efficiency of Senator 
McCarren than to the influence of any other indi- 
vidual either in public or private station. 

In this relation, and without re-entering, even 
remotely, upon any matter of partisan controversy, 
it is, I think, not too much to say that Brooklyn 
has never in her history had a representative who 
was more sincerely devoted to her welfare than 
Senator McCarren. Although, as I have already 
intimated, he was not born within her limits, his 
whole active life was identified with her, having 
in the eighth year of his age been brought from 
Massachusetts by his parents. It was no affecta- 
tion of pride in the city of his adoption that made 
him in his later years the most distinguished cham- 
pion of her right to political autonomy, and to 
every other right of self-control not inconsistent 


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with the orderly government of the city, as a 
whole. Without at any time forgetting what was 
due to the State, or to the whole of the metrop- 
olis, he could not, without being false to all the 
impulses of his own heart, have refrained from 
antagonizing whatever seemed likely to diminish 
the prestige and future standing of Brooklyn. 
Looking upon her with the eyes of a loyal son, 
as well as with the vision of a discreet political 
student who had been intrusted by his fellow 
Democrats with the task of leading her organized 
Democratic forces, it was impossible that he 
should have taken any other position than he did 
in opposition " to everything that tended to diminish 
the importance of Brooklyn, either as a great cen- 
ter of population, or a distinct factor in the politi- 
cal life of the city, the State and the Nation. 

Of the principles by which he was governed, 
the proprieties of the occasion permit me to say 
only that they were in the broadest sense of the 
term democratic. There was nothing of the wea- 
ther-cock in his composition. He did a good deal 
of thinking for himself, and he declined to be 
frightened from his more important conclusions by 
any clamor. Believing in the indispensability of 
party organizations to the efficient carrying on of 
the American system of government, he never 
declined to abide by the will of the majority, so 


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far as the ticket to be supported at the polls was 
concerned, but he did steadily decline to subordi- 
nate his judgment on great questions of policy to 
any mere passing gust of emotion. If this were 
the fitting time or place to explain why he refused 
over and over again to conceal his disapprobation 
of propositions advanced by the Democratic party, 
it would be easy to show that his motive lay in 
nothing but his firm conviction that loyalty to the 
principles of the Democracy required him to do 
so. It is enough to say of him in these respects 
that he was no mere time-server, no creature of 
the passing hour, no political Vicar of Bray, 
changing his coat to suit the latest fashion. This 
rooted self-respect goes far toward explaining the 
esteem in which he was held by his neighbors, 
and held, I am sure, by his brethren in the 
Legislature. The people knew where to find 
him. There never was the least danger that what 
he said over night would be changed in the morn- 
ing. In National, State and local politics alike, 
this characteristic was never obscured. As he 
ripened with years his sense of obligation to the 
country, as well as to the State and city, deep- 
ened. He stood for the things which, in his 
judgment, meant liberty, social progress and indus- 
trial prosperity. Less and less, as time advanced, 
did he suffer himself to be diverted from these 


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vital ends by any considerations of immediate 

That he was often the subject of adverse criti- 
cism is well known. This was inevitable. Hav- 
ing convictions of his own, he inevitably came into 
conflict over and over again with men who were 
equally positive. Nor were his motives allowed 
at all times to pass unquestioned, and this, too, 
was inevitable, for it is one of the commonest of 
common weaknesses to attack the motives when it 
is impossible to repel the arguments of an oppo- 
nent. But along with the exceptional firmness to 
which I refer went courtesy. The times were 
few and far between when Senator McCarren 
forgot in the heat of debate, or of more formal 
oratory on the platform, what was due to the 
opinions of others. In this, as in not a few other 
respects, he set a good example. Because he 
thought clearly, he was able to express himself 
without turbid denunciation. Required, in the 
course of his career, to take as many blows as 
any of his contemporaries, he never struck a foul 
one. How far these qualities went toward win- 
ning for him the good will of his opponents in 
the Legislature has been abundantly testified to. 
By many of the Senators and Assemblymen who 
were rarely able to agree with him on public 
measures, the public have been informed since his 


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death with how much of friendUness they 
regarded him. 

Were there no other memorial of the deceased 
Senator than that which could be drawn from the 
tributes to his memory from the Republican side 
of the House, there would be proof enough that 
his disposition was generous, his temper equable, 
and his whole outlook upon life liberal. It is, 
perhaps, not out of place to accentuate the sig- 
nificance of these merits. The qualities involved 
in the man who can contend effectively for what 
he believes without giving unnecessary offense to 
fair-minded antagonists are not so common that 
they ought to be passed over without mention. It 
requires breadth of mind to allow for the integ- 
rity of men who are urging what we utterly dis- 
like, and few things would do more for the 
improvement of political conditions than the culti- 
vation of such liberality. Our fierce assaults upon 
each other during flaming campaigns would be 
kept within the limits of rationality were it recog- 
nized on all hands as a duty to begin and end 
our discussions with a frank recognition of the 
honesty and patriotism of our adversaries. 

That a speaker may be in error, and still be 
bent upon nothing but what he deems good for 
the State, is one of the easily expressed truths 
which is too often forgotten. Senator McCarren, 


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however, did not forget it, and, as already said, 
this is one of the things for which he was notable 
while alive, and has been sincerely praised by not 
a few of his most uncompromising opponents smce 
he departed. Not to involve in a common con- 
troversy things that are quite irrelevant to it; not 
to raise temporary policies to the dignity of first 
principles; not to forget that a middle course, 
rather than either extreme, may be right; and 
never, under any circumstances, to base respect for 
your fellow man on his concurrence in your opin- 
ions, were elementary rules of conduct to which 
Senator McCarren instinctively and habitually 

Concerning what may be called the more per- 
sonal or private aspects of his character, it would, 
perhaps, be improper to dwell at length in this 
chamber, where the main thing commemorated is 
the public career. Yet a few words may be per- 
missible. Patrick H. McCarren was an exem- 
plary son, a good neighbor, and one of the 
staunchest of friends. The venerable mother, who 
survives him, was the idol of his heart, and the 
tenderness of his nature was attested by the care 
he took, in even the stormiest hours of his career, 
to have her beloved form covered by the mantle 
of his unwearied affection. He was an excellent 
neighbor. No politics, no religious differences, no 


business rivalries, ever prevented him from dis- 
charging to the fullest degree all the little obliga- 
tions of good will that do so much to distinguish 
the well-ordered community from that in which 
the minor morals are neglected. It was one of 
the elements of his political strength that he never 
sought to make capital out of the obliging deeds 
which flow from the well-disposed spirit. He 
was a friend of unchanging fidelity. He had an 
open hand and an open heart. He was chari- 
table to all. Among the last of his conscious 
acts, before receiving the consolations of religion, 
was to draw a check for the relief of the poor. 
To have been able thus to think of others, even 
while the pains of approaching dissolution were 
upon him, was surely no meaningless sign of fit- 
ness for entrance upon that larger life to which in 
faith he looked forward. 

The recollections of more than forty years of 
friendly and often confidential intercourse with the 
dead Senator, come upon me as I speak, and my 
account of him would far outrun the limits prop- 
erly to be observed to-night, were I to go on 
according to the fullness of my heart and mem- 
ory. I must, therefore, content myself with the 
mere outline of his labors, already given. It must 
suffice for the present to have shown that he was 
no ordinary figure in the public life of the city 


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of Brooklyn, or of the Legislature of the State, 
and that within his tall and slender frame a 
mind of singular strength and flexibility, singular 
sympathy and power, singular capacity for public 
affairs and the amenities of private life, had its 
abode. He rose to conspicuity, not by accident or 
the practice of any petty self-seeking devices, but 
by reason of his fitness to give direction to the 
energies and purposes of large numbers of his fel- 
low men. He was distinguished in National 
affairs, in the affairs of his owti State, and in all 
that concerned Brooklyn and the city of New 
York for more than a quarter of a century, 
because he was wise in conference, calm in the 
face of trouble, resolute in the presence of adver- 
sity, and generous in victory. When he passed 
away, the party to which he belonged lost one of 
its ablest counsellors, the State one of its most 
experienced and broad-minded lawmakers, civil 
and industrial liberty one of its most resolute sup- 
porters, and Brooklyn, as already said, a repre- 
sentative who had done more for her advantage 
at Albany than even the most influential and 
zealous of his predecessors. 

The people of the Seventh Senatorial District, 
together with all the people of Brooklyn and 
Kings county, irrespective of party differences, are 
appreciative of the honor which the Legislature 


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renders to the late Senator McCarren by this 
memorial meeting. They join with unfeigned sin- 
cerity in the tributes that are paid to his memory 
by his colleagues. They feel gratified, now that 
the first sharp sense of sorrow over his death is 
abated, to be assured that the manly qualities by 
which he had established himself in their confi- 
dence were adequately appreciated by the leading 
men of many other communities. The grave in 
which his body reposes in Calvary Cemetery, 
after the short sixty-one years of his instructive 
and fruitful life, will seem all the greener in 
their eyes because of the wreath laid upon it by 
the Senate of the State. 

Benediction, Reverend D. W. Brookman, who 
officiated in the unavoidable absence of Right 
Reverend William Croswell Doane: 

The blessing of God Almighty, the Father, 
Son and Holy Ghost, be amongst you and 
remain with you always. Amen. 


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The funeral services of Senator Patrick H. 
McCarren were held at Saint Vincent de Paul's 
Church, in the Borough of Brooklyn, on October 
twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred and nine. 

The following members and officers of the Sen- 
ate of the State of New York were present: 

Senators Orlando Hubbs, Dennis J. Harte, Thomas H. Cullen, 
Reuben L. Gledhill, Barth S. Cronin, Eugene M. Travis, Alvah W. 
Burlingame, Jr., John Kissel, Charles Alt, Christopher D. Sullivan, 
Timothy D. Sullivan, William J. A. Caffrey, Thomas F. Grady, 
Thomas J. McManus, Robert F. Wagner, George B. Agnew, Alex- 
ander Brough, Josiah T. Newcomb, James J. Frawley, Stephen J. 
Stilwell, George M. S. Schulz, Howard R. Bayne, J. Mayhew Wain- 
wright, John B. Rose, John F. Schlosser, William J. Grattan, Victor 
M. Allen, Edgar Truman Brackett, William A. Gardner, Seth G. 
Heacock, James A. Emerson, George H. Cobb, Frederick M. Daven- 
port, Jotham P. Allds, Hendrick S. Holden, Harvey D. Hinman, 
Charles J. Hewitt, Benn Conger, John Raines, Frank C. Piatt, George 
H. Witter, George L. Meade, Charles J. White, James P. MacKenzie, 
Henry Wayland Hill, Samuel J. Ramsperger and George Alien Davis; 
Lafayette B. Gleason, Clerk of the Senate; Charles R. Hotaling, Ser- 
geant-at-Arms of the Senate; Ernest A. Fay, Assistant Clerk; Carlton 
J. Barnes, Stenographer, and Bernard Quinn, Messenger; George Curtis 
Treadwell, Military Secretary, represented the Governor. 


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The Assembly was represented by: 

Edwin A. Merritt, Jr., Jesse S. Phillips, Myron Smith, Edward 
D. Jackson, Edward P. Costelio, Henry S. Goodspeed, William 
J. Gillen, Michael A. O'Neil, George W. Brown, Charles J. Weber, 
Thomas J. Surpless, Thomas J. Geoghegan, John J. McKeown, George 
A. Voss, Charles F. Murphy, William W. Colne, George A. Green, 
John H. Donnelly, James E. Fay, John J. Schutta, Robert H. Clarke, 
John R. Farrar, Warren I. Lee, Felix J. Sanner, Harrison C. Glore, 
Albert Lachman, Samuel A. Gluck, Isaac Sargent, J. Henry Walters, 
Charles Smith, Thomas J. Lanahan, Bradford R. Lansing, George H. 
Whitney, Daniel D. Frisbie, John M. Lupton, George L. Thompson, 
James S. Parker, John R. Yale, Holland S. Duell, Frank L. Young, 
Thomas H. Todd, William Klein, Conrad Garbe, William A. DeGroot, 
Thomas B. Caughlan, Alfred E. Smith, James Oliver, Aaron J. Levy, 
John T. Eagleton, Adolph Stern, Peter P. McElligott, Moritz Grau- 
bard, John C. Hackett, Harold Spielberg, Owen W. Bohan, James A. 
Foley, James J. Hoey, John J. Herrick, William M. Bennett, Martin G. 
McCue, Frederick R. Toombs, Mark Goldberg, Andrew F. Murray, 
Patrick J. McGrath, Robert S. Conklin, George W. Baumann, James A 
Francis, Thomas A. Brennan, Artemas Ward, Jr., Irving J. Joseph, 
Beverley R. Robinson, Jacob Levy, Lindon Bates, Jr., Louis A. Cuvillier, 
Samuel Marks, Jesse Silbermann, Philip J. Schmidt, Charles Stein, John 
V. Sheridan. 

Ray B. Smith, Clerk of the Assembly; William V. Ross, Assistant 
Clerk; Bernard J. Haggerty, Sergeant-at- Arms ; Daniel W. Wilkes, 
Deputy Clerk, and Edward A. Ebbetts, Deputy Clerk; former Lieuten- 
ant-Governors William F. Sheehan, Timothy L. Woodruff and M. Linn 
Bruce were with the Legislative delegation, as were many members of 
the preceding Senates who had served with Senator McCarren. 


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The honorary pall bearers were: 

George B. McClellan, Herman A. Metz, Patrick F. McGowan, 
James J. Martin, Hugh J. Grant, John H. McCooey, Thomas F. Grady, 
John Raines, Almet F. Jenks, Luke D. Stapleton, James D. Bell, Thomas 
M. Mulry, Anthony N. Brady, Joseph Huber, Bernard F. Gallagher, 
John W. Weber, Owen J. Murphy, George H. Lindsay, Samuel S. 
Whitehouse, Henry F. Haggerty, James H. Tuiiy, William H. Reynolds 
and Patrick H. Quinn. 


Iffunrral (©ration 

Sigljt Slrotrf nb iMnnaignar EDmarii W. iitOIarta. E2i. S. 

" Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." 

" My Dear Brethren — This common little sen- 
tence is found in Apoc. I4:xiii. Its letters should 
be wrought in gold and studded with diamonds 
because it is radiant with God's glorious promise 
that He will pardon us and will give us Heaven 
if we truly repent, even though the last hour ot 
life is striking. It sends a thrill of hope through 
everyone of us and it illuminates the darkness of 
death. The central figure in this great assemblage 
is the silent form that lies there. You have gath- 
ered from all sections of the State and outside of 
it, from every grade of official, political and 
social life, from every creed and condition, to 
shower this casket with the flowers of admiration, 
respect, fellowship, gratitude, friendship. It is an 
imposing spectacle. The highest and humblest, 
the learned emd the simple, the weak and the 
powerful, uniting to form his funeral wreath. It 
is a magnificent tribute. It crowns a remarkable 
career. He was a typical American. He was 


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cradled in poverty; by native ability, splendid 
courage, tireless energy and wonderful industry he 
fought his way upward to prominence in city, 
State and country, and now he passes off the 
scene royally robed in the honors bestowed by 
the thousands here and the other thousands 

" This spectacle is imposing; this tribute is 
magnificent, but the scene is full of awe. This 
stalwart man whom men could not conquer, is 
conquered at last. His struggles were many, his 
victories were great, but when he grappled with 
death like everyone else, he was calmly and 
quickly defeated. There lies the utter ruin that 
death has made. The soul that vitalized his 
aggressive life has fled; the life of his keen 
intellect has gone out; his well-known face, 
sharply cut as a cameo, shall not be seen again; 
his voice, so often heard in wise counsel and 
masterful debate, shall be heard no more, his 
good heart is still and cold; his generous hand is 
nerveless; he shall walk no more among the 
activities of men. Hearken to the still, small 
voice that comes from his casket, * to-day for me 
— to-morrow for you.' 

" Our public men are too often censured and 
are too severely criticised. I know of no country 
in which this is so mercilessly done as here in 


our own. The work that these men do in legis- 
lating for and in managing the immense interests 
of city and State calls for skilled handling and 
expert leadership. It is not reasonable to expect 
that the gigantic transactions in public affairs will 
be conducted with the nicety of care and economy 
that is often found in private business. 

" These men live their lives in the strong light 
of public observation and often criticism points to 
faults in them that pass unnoticed in other men, 
and it sometimes happens that their critics more 
than duplicate in their own lives the sins they 
think they see in the lives they criticise. Public 
men are not all angels of light, nor are they all 
angels of darkness. Just like the rest of us, they 
are a mixture of light and shadow, and like our- 
selves they need and are entitled to justice and 

" Much of this life that is ended now was 
lived in the public view. It has not escaped the 
rasping voice of cruel censure. I do not stand 
here to apologize for or to palliate anything 
wrong that may have crept into this career, nor 
would I stand sponsor here for the life of any 
man or woman in this large gathering, or in this 
larger city. Clouds, large ones and dark ones, 
may have floated across his sky. I do not know, 
but this I do know, that if there were clouds, 


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behind them was shining all the time strong faith 
in God and a big-hearted love for his fellow 
man. His life was simple to severity. His hab- 
its were abstemious, his speech was cautious and 
clean. He was worthy of any man's steel and 
his opponents say that he never took an unfair 
advantage, that he never stooped to conquer; he 
was brave and chivalrous, too. 

"It is better, however, with the sombreness of 
death surrounding us to forget the fields of politi- 
cal strife and to remember his gentler, less 
obtrusive characteristics. 

" They who know him best never tire of tell- 
ing of his constant, open-handed charity. He 
had red blood in his veins. It is safe to say that 
never was an appeal made to him in behalf of 
suffering humanity that was not generously 
answered. Many a family in this section of the 
city he saved from eviction because he quietly 
paid the amount that was due. Many a cold 
hearthstone hereabouts he warmed by his good- 
ness. Many a shivering household he fed and 
clothed. He loved the poor and the afflicted, and 
his left hand never knew what his right hand 
did for them. 

" Strongly characteristic of the man was his 
exceptional love for his mother. It was known 
by his associates in the Senate, and by his politi- 


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cal friends here, as well as by his neighbors. 
A weaker man would have tried to conceal it. 
He was with her every day except when his 
many duties prevented. She always knew where 
to find him in case of danger. He would forego 
any pleasure, would break any engagement, would 
travel any distance to reach her whenever illness 
threatened. He threw around her every thought- 
ful care in order to keep still burning the flicker- 
ing flame of almost four score years and ten. 
During his last illness she was ever in his mind. 
When he knew the end was approaching he no 
doubt would have given a world for one more 
look into that dear old face, but he unselfishly 
said he would give all he ever owned to keep 
from her the fact of his death. 

" No doubt the first word he learned to say 
was * mother.' It was the last word on his dying 
lips. He repeated it twice as life ebbed away. 
This strong, manly, graceful love throws a soft, 
mellow light upon the character of the man. 
Any man who is in love with his mother is at 
heart a good man. We see their many threads 
of silver and this bright thread of gold woven 
into the strong life fabric of this fallen chieftain. 

" We have said that if clouds dimmed his life, 
back of them showed strong faith in God. This 
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Monica praying for Augustine, she always prayed 
for him because he was the pulse of her heart. 
When the pastor of this church broke to her the 
news of his death she was stunned and speech- 
less, but when he added that the Senator had 
died a good death, fortified by the sacraments 
and prayers of the church, her aged face lit up 
and, raising her tearful eyes, she said, * Thank 
God, my prayers have been heard.' 

" The end crowns the work. Over the death- 
bed of the Senator I see my text suspended, 
' Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.' 
He clearly saw the approach of death, calmly 
and bravely prepared for it. He lamented the 
shortcomings of his life and bent his gifted head 
in sorrow and submission to his Maker. If the 
text read, ' Blessed are the dead who live blame- 
less lives,' how many of us would enter the King- 
dom of Heaven? I hear again, dropping from 
the lips of the gentle Saviour, the parable of the 
prodigal son, I see the tears run down the aged 
father's face as he rests his gray hairs on the 
manly shoulder of his son and twines his arms 
around him in a fervent welcome home. 

"Again, I am standing on Calvary. I hear the 
rumblings of the earthquake; the lightning has 
begun to flash in the Heavens, in the gathering 
darkness I hear a plaintive voice coming from the 


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cross to the right of the Saviour, saying, ' Lord, 
remember me when Thou shalt come into Thy 
kingdom.' The dying Saviour lifts His weary 
head and slowly turning His bloodshot eyes 
toward the petitioner answers, * This day thou 
shalt be with me in paradise.' What a consola- 
tion for you and for me. "