Elbert Brinckerhoff Monroe died suddenly from heart disease at his home in Tarrytown-on-the-Hudson, on Saturday, April 21, in the fifty-seventh year of his age. He was born in Crosby-st., between Howard and Grand sts., in this city, and was the son of Ebenezer B. Monroe. He was of Scotch ancestry on his father's side, and of Dutch descent through his mother. Mr. Monroe was graduated from the City University in 1855, and entered business under the firm of Ball, Black & Co. He became and remained one of the partners until 1870, when he retired to become treasurer of the Mercantile Safe Deposit Company, where he remained for four years. In 1874 he withdrew from business to give his time to religious and philanthropic work. He became a member in his boyhood of the North Dutch Church, at Fulton and William sts., and later was elected to the consistory, of which he remained a member until his death. For thirteen years he was superintendent of the Knox Memorial Sunday-school.
The removal of Mr. Monroe's home to Southport, Conn., the home of the late Frederick Marquand, the uncle of Mrs. Monroe, led to his entrance upon active religious and public work in that place. In 1892 he removed to Tarrytown to the home in which he died. In leaving Southport he joined Mrs. Monroe in giving for the use of the town the piece of land on which he had lived and where he had built a beautiful library, supplying it with a well-selected collection of books.
In 1882 he became a corporate member of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and was an influential member of the Prudential Committee until nearly the time of his death. In 1886 he became trustee of Rutgers College. In 1874 he was chosen trustee of Hampton Institute and later chairman of that board. Of the American Missionary Association he was for many years an active member on its Executive Committee. He was also a trustee of the Presbyterian Hospital and a director of the Bible Society, the New-York Sunday-school Association and vice-president of the American Tract Society. He was appointed by President Harrison a member of the Indian Commission and occupied the position at the time of his death. With the Young Men's Christian Association his connection began at its organization in this city in 1852. He became a director of the association in 1870, was chosen treasurer in January 1871; served as vice-president for five years, as president of the association for nine years and on the Finance Committee until his death.
He leaves a wife, Mrs. Virginia Marquand Monroe, but no living children. Mr. Monroe was a man of large business ability, broad philanthropy and a fervent, practical Christian.
New York Herald-Tribune April 24, 1894
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