What do a genital-urology surgeon named BANGS,* the Y architect, a “Christian socialist” and three Robber barons, including JP Morgan and Cornelius Vanderbilt, have in common? * you cannot make this stuff up
They founded the New York Y-M-C-A in 1865
J. Pierpont Morgan (J.P. Morgan), director, treasurer; Elihu Root, committee chairman. (May 15, 1865). YMCA of New York 13th (partial) and 14th (full) Annual Reports, Act of Incorporation. University of Minnesota Libraries, Kautz Family YMCA Archives. New York Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).
Founding NY YMCA incorporating officers on May 13, 1868
- William E. Dodge, Jr., president; Phelps Dodge (NYSE: PD, 15,000+ employees); copper mining, smelting; lumber; cotton import-export from U.S. south to the Liverpool, UK
- William Harman Brown, vice-president; treasurer, American Institute of Christian Philosophy, 64 Broadway (founded 1881, directors included life member Cornelius Vanderbilt [d. Sep. 12, 1899] of New York, continued ca. 1900 [p. 21], ); promoted Theism and Scientism; influenced by Oxford and Sir William Mitchell Ramsay; see Propaganda of philosophy: History of the American Institute of Christian Philosophy, 1881-1914
- Cornelius Vanderbilt, shadow vice president; treasurer; steamship, railroad monopolies; Manhattan real estate; Grand Central; chairman, audit committee (1875)
- Robert R. McBurney (from 1862), corresponding secretary; architect; designed the first YMCA building in 1870; one of his biographers wrote that McBurney’s influence on the YMCA movement was “profound, exceeding that of any other man.”; founding trustee, The YMCA School for Christian Workers (1884-99, where basketball was first played); see archives; biography (1902, “model of the the association architecture of the future” entrance, reading room, private office, recreation room, parlors, lecture rooms, gymnasium, “abundant” bath-rooms, swimming pool, bowling alleys, library, class-rooms, auditorium); member, Committee for the Suppression of Vice; proponent of “Christian socialism” in Europe; d. 1898 age 67, Bishop Henry C. Potter eulogized (later was first president of the Pilgrims Society of America)
- L. (Lemuel) Bolton Bangs (1842-1914) recording secretary; president, American Association of Genito-urinary Surgeons, 1895 (relating to the genital and urinary organs. “genitourinary medicine”); See Atlas of Syphilis and the Venereal Diseases (L. Bolton Bangs, 1899).
- J. Pierpont Morgan, treasurer; Lord Rothschild, George Peabody protégé; co-founder of the British Pilgrims Society (1902); purchased editorial control of American newspapers for the Pilgrims propaganda (1912); notorious homosexual
Robert R. McBurney, 1883