According to a sign next to the grave site:

George Borup. Member of the Peary Expedition to the North Ploe (sic).

George Brandreth Borup was born in Ossining on September, 2 1885. The son of Lieutenant Colonel Henry D. Borup and Mary Brandreth, he attended the local Holbrook Military Academy (formerly located almost opposite our house in Briarcliff Manor) and the Gorton School in Massachusetts before attending Yale University. Borup made his most last impact, however, when he accompanied Admiral Robert Edwin Peary on his expedition to the North Pole.

Borup was a member of the exploratory group from July 1908 through October 1909 (they reached the pole of April 6, 1909). Admiral Peary called him an ‘enthusiast’, ‘reliabkle’ (sic) and ‘absolutely essential’ to the expedition. Borup served as the photographer and assisted in the collection of data for the expedition, which was largely credited with being the first to discover he North Pole. Well-known for his bravery and athleticism, he regularly hunted and drove sleds for long distances. Amiril (sic) Peary recalled once seeing Borup “single-handedly drag his frightened dog team out of icy water,” according to an artical (sic) in the local Citizen Register.

After the expedition, Borup wrote “A Tenderfoot with Peary“, a book which chronicled the journey to the North Pole. His alma-mater noted that his account was far more humble than the lauditory (sic) account of his participation given in Peary’s own “The North Pole“. In addition to this literary gift, Borup built a lasting monument at Cape Columbia on Ellesmere Island, to commemorate the launching place of the Peary expedition. He also became assistant curator of the American Museum of Natural History, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London, and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences upon his return from the Expedtion (sic).

Borup died in a tragic boating accident attempting to save a drowning friend on April 28, 192. He was just 26 years old.

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