New York, NY Street Car - Brewery Truck Accident, Mar 1909


Librarian Victim of Apoplexy Following a Shock Due to a Street Car Accident.


Lawyer and Writer Who Has Held Chairs in Educational Institutions Throughout the Country.

Dr. James H. Canfield, Librarian of Columbus University and distinguished as an educator, is in St. Luke's Hospital suffering from apoplexy superinduced by nervous shock following a street car accident last Saturday.

Dr. Canfield, it was learned last night, was riding in a 125th street car, when a brewery truck struck the car, the pole of the truck penetrating the side of the car close to where Dr. Canfield was sitting, and he narrowly escaped with his life.

He went home in a state bordering on collapse, and shortly after suffered a slight stroke of apoplexy. On Wednesday he was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, and there his condition became serious. Last night he sustained a second stroke and for a time grave fears were entertained for his recovery, but he rallied and at late hour was said to be improved, though his condition was admitted to be critical.

The New York Times, New York, NY 28 Mar 1909



Attacks Due to Shock of Street-Car Accident in Which He Narrowly Escaped Death.


Began His Career as a Railroad Builder---Later a Lawyer, College President and Lecturer.

Dr. James Hulme Canfield, librarian of Columbia University and a well-known lecturer and author, died last night in St. Luke's Hospital, following successive apoplectic attacks caused by a street car collision a week ago, in which he narrowly escaped immediate death. He had been to West Point to deliver a lecture and was on a 125th Street crosstown car when a brewery truck ran into the side or the car, the pole ramming through and passing within a few inches of Dr. Canfield.

He got to his home in Pleasantville, Westchester County, but suffered an apoplectic attack soon after. He was removed to St. Luke's Hospital last Wednesday, where on Saturday night he suffered a second attack. He rallied somewhat on Sunday and yesterday, but relapsed last night. The funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock in Columbia University's new St. Paul's Chapel, the first funeral services to be held there.

Dr. Canfield was born in Delaware, Ohio, sixty-two years ago. He received his preparatory education at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, and was graduated with an A. B. in 1868 from Williams College, which later gave him his A. M. and LL. D. He built railroads in Iowa and Minnesota, and was then admitted to the bar in Michigan, where in 1873 he married Flavia A. Camp.

He practiced law until 1877, when he went to be Professor of Civics and History in the University of Kansas. He served as Chancellor of the University of Nebraska and das President of the University of Ohio. Ten years ago he was made librarian of Columbia University, which position he held at the time of his death. Oxford University conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Literature for his work as an author.

Dr. Canfield leaves a widow and two children---James A. C. Canfield of Pleasantville, N. Y., and Mrs. John R. Fisher of Arlington, Vt., known as Dorothy Canfield, a short-story writer, who is now in Paris.

Dr. Canfield was a member of the Century, Authors' and Quill Clubs, as well as the Society of Colonial Wars, the New York Kansas Society, the Vermont Historical Society, the Columbus (Ohio) Engineering Club, and the Italian Immigrant Society. He was a Trustee of All Soul's Church, Sisterhood of the Good Shepherd, the New York Training School for Deaconesses, the Seabury Society, and the Episcopal Church Congress.

The New York Times, New York, NY 30 Mar 1909