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New York Realty Leader Highly Honored
Alfred E. Marling Elected President of the Chamber of Com¬
merce—His Many Activities in Business and Philanthropic Work.
ALFRED E. MARLING,
president of the real
estate corporation of Horace
S. Ely & Company, was on
last Thursday afternoon
elected president of the Cham -
ber of Commerce of the State
of New York at its 150th
annual meeting. This is one
of the most distinguished
' offices that can come to any
resident of this state, Mr.
Marling has been vice-presi¬
dent of the Chamber for two
years, and in elevating him to
the presidency the organiza-
^ tion honored a man held in
^ high esteem in commercial
circles of this city and in the
real estate business, in which
he is an active and conspicuous
figure. Mr. Alarling succeeds
Eugenius H. Outerbridge, and
assumes the duties of an office
occupied during the many
years of the existence of the
Chamber by distinguished
men. The term of office is
The Chamber of Commerce of the State of New
. York was founded April 5, 1768, and is therefore one
of the oldest organizations in the city. It comprises
in its membership representatives of the government,
commerce, industry, military and the press. Its object
as set forth in its charter is "to carry into execution,
encourage and promote by just and lawful ways and
means such measures as will tend to promote and
extend just and lawful enterprises." It has a member¬
ship limited by its charter to 1,500 resident members,
which includes the most distinguished business men of
New York. It has also 250 non-resident members, and
owns the fine building at 65 Liberty street.
Mr. Marling entered upon his new duties at once.
.His introduction into office came at the close of a very
strenuous month as chairman of the Real Estate
Division of the Liberty Loan Committee.
Alfred E. Marling was born in Toronto, Canada, in
1858, the son of Rev. Francis H. and Marina C. Mar¬
hng. He was educated at the Collegiate Institute,
Toronto. On January 10, 1884, he married Harriett W.
Phillips, and resides at 35 West 47th street. He began
.his career in the real estate business with Mr. Horace
S. Ely on October 1, 1877, and in 1894 formed a partner¬
ship with Mr. Ely under the firm name of Horace S.
Ely & Company. Upon the death of Mr. Ely Mr. Mar¬
ling became president of the corporation.
Mr. Marling has for many years been active in the
•affairs of the Y. M. C. A., and was chairman of the
23d street branch for a long period. He became a
member of the main organization and at once took
a leading part in its business. It has been said that the
three most active organizations in the world are the
Catholic Church, the Standard Oil Company and the
ALFRED E. MARLING,
Of the Real Estate Firm of Horace S. Ely & Co., President of the
Chamber of Commerce.
International Committee o f
the Y. M. C. A. Of the
latter Mr. Marling has been
chairman since 1911, succeed¬
ing Dr. Lucien C. Warren,
who held the office for fifteen
years. It is an established
rule in the organization that
the tenure of office of the
chairman of this committee
depends upon the activity of
the occupant, and the members
of the committee expect to
have Mr. Marling as their
chairman for many years to
He has served as a member
o f nearly every important
committee, and has given his
time and money unstintedly in
consultation and for service.
His father was a pastor and
association leader in Canada,
having been chairman of the
first meeting called to organize
the Montreal Y. M. C. A. in
This was the first associa¬
tion in North America. A
few years later his father removed to Toronto, where
he was intimately connected with the early work of
the association. It is said of Mr. Marling that he was
cradled with the association movement. He was a boy
member, an adult member, a director and has been in
close sympathy with the State Committee, and for
twenty years he has been a member of the Inter¬
The International Committee of the Y. M. C. A. is
an elective body, chosen by delegates from all parts of
North America gathered in convention. It is com¬
posed of one hundred Christian laymen working all
over the country.
Notwithstanding the great demands of his real
estate business on his time Mr. Marling never fails to
visit his office at national headquarters daily, where he
spends about one hour. During this brief period he
frequently attends half a dozen committee meetings.
Mr. Marling is a leader in the Laymen's Missionary
Movement and active as an elder of the "Brick Presby¬
terian Church," New York. He is in touch with the
world movement and is an active member of the Y. M.
C. A. World's Committee in Europe.
He is a trustee of the Mutual Life Insurance Com¬
pany, a director of the Fulton Trust Company, Hanover
Fire Insurance Company, Plate Glass Insurance Com¬
pany of New York, City of New York Insurance Com¬
pany, a trustee of the United States Savings Bank, vice-
president of the New York Juvenile Ayslum, trustee
of the Fifth Avenue Bank, a director of the Bond &
Mortgage Guarantee Company, Columbia Trust Com¬
pany, Bankers' Club and is a member of the following
clubs: Union League, Metropolitan, Downtown, City,
Republican. In poHtics he is a Repubhcan.