Biography of John H. Duncan
Broome County, NY Biographies





JOHN HEMINGWAY DUNCAN - In several of the largest cities of the East in this country, and in Havana, Cuba, may be seen specimens of the architectural skill of John Hemingway Duncan, whose work on public structures of various kinds has received well merited notice in the general press of the country.

John Duncan, father of Mr. Duncan, was a sugar planter and was also engaged in the importing and exporting business in New Orleans. He married Harriet Fenton Hemingway, a direct descendant of Ralph Hemingway, who came from Yorkshire, England, and settled in Roxbury, Massathusetts Bay Colony, in 1633, and a member of the branch of the family which settled in Colwubia county, New York. Thus it was that the son, John Hemingway Duncan, was educated in the North.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1854, John Hemingway Duncan came to Binghamton, New York, with his mother when he was but a young lad, and after graduation from Binghamton High School, began the study of architecture with I. G. Perry, of Binghamton. Later he continued his studies in New York City and then further developed his talent and widened his experience by study in Europe. Since the completion of his studies abroad, he has made for himself an honorable place in the ranks of his profession, and is widely known throughout the East and South as the designer of many beautiful public structures. Among those which have received special notice may be mentioned some of the most famous in the country, including the tomb of General U. S. Grant, Riverside Drive, New York City; the triumphal arch and general entrance treatment at Prospect Park Plaza, Brooklyn, New York; Trenton Battle Monument, Trenton, New Jersey; Washington Monument, Newburgh, New York; Gettysburg Irish Brigade Monument; the altering of the New York City Hall to receive the Greater New York government; city court house and prison at Fifty third and Fifty fourth streets, New York City; the Majestic, now the Park Theatre, Grand Circle, New York City; Knox building, Fortieth street and Fifth avenue, New York City; the Monumental fountain and Companile, with chime of bells, on Malecon of the Reparto Miramar, Havana, Cuba; the Roman swimming bath and banking house of Mendoza Y Ca, Havana, Cuba; and a large amount of private residential work, both in city and country. Mr. Duncan is one of the founders of the Architectural League, and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. His family are affiliated with the Presbyterian and Congregationalist churches.

In New Jersey, in 1833, John Hemingway Duncan married Dora Livingston, daughter of Jacob and Mary Livingston. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have no children.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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