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FIELD, Benjamin Hazard, philanthropist, born in Yorktown, Westchester County, New York, 2 May 1814. He was educated at home and at North Salem academy, came to New York in 1832, and entered the office of his uncle, whom he succeeded in business in 1836. He retired in 1875. Mr. Field has been connected with ninny charities in and about New York. He was one of the incorporators of the Home for incurables, has been its president from the beginning, and has built a chapel for its use. He was president in 1886 of the historical society, an in corporator of the American museum of natural history, the Sheltering Arms, and the Society for the prevention of cruelty to children, and is president (1887) of the free circulating library and the eye and ear infirmary. He supported a high school in Yorktown, New York, for many years, and has been interested in educational matters. In 1887 he offered to endow a free library and home for the poor in Westchester County.
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