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Asa Dunbar

Birthplace: Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Dunbar and Mary Hayward
Husband of Mary Dunbar
Father of Cynthia Thoreau
Brother of Robert Dunbar; Daniel Dunbar; Peter Dunbar; Simeon Dunbar; Barnabas Dunbar and 3 others
Half brother of Sarah Dunbar; Mehitable Copeland; Samuel Dunbar; Melatiah Dunbar and Hannah Snow

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About Asa Dunbar

DUNBAR, Asa, b. May 26, 1745 Bridgewater, Mass.; attended Harvard; m. Mary Jones October 22, 1772, in Weston, Mass.; worked as a minister and then in the area of law and as the town clerk of Keene, N.H.; member of the Rising Sun Lodge No. 4 in Keene; d. June 22, 1787 with full Masonic honors.


  • while at Harvard led a rebellion to protest the food there.


the following from

• Jonathan Gove was born on August 22, 1746 in Weston, Massachusetts. At Harvard, he was one of the students who agreed to turn in classmates who used profanity. He received an AB in 1768 and an AM in 1771. After graduating, he became a doctor and later a Justice of the Peace. He died on March 21, 1818. Jeremiah Fogg was born on October 16, 1749 in Kensington, New Hampshire. At Harvard, he was one of the students who agreed to turn in classmates who used profanity. He received an AB in 1768 and an AM in 1771. He served as a Major during the Revolutionary War, and later in various political offices. He died on May 23, 1808.

The Book of Harvard was written by a Harvard student, likely Asa Dunbar

(Harvard College 1767), as a satirical record of the Harvard College Butter Rebellion of 1766. Dunbar led a protest against the rancid butter being served to students in September 1766. The faculty responded by disciplining Dunbar, which prompted a walk-out by Harvard students. Finally after considerable friction between the governing board and students, 155 students signed a confession promising "future good Conduct." The Book of Harvard satirizes the involvement of Harvard President Edward Holyoke (Edward the Chief Ruler), Professors John Winthrop, Edward Wigglesworth, and Stephen Sewall, Tutors Belcher Hancock, Thomas Danforth, and Joseph Dillard, and Asa Dunbar (Asa the Scribe).
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Asa Dunbar's Timeline

May 26, 1745
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
October 22, 1772
Age 27
Salem, Essex, MA
May 22, 1787
Age 41
Keene, Cheshire Co., NH
June 22, 1787
Age 42
Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA