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American College & University Founders

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  • Charles Tufts (1781 - 1876)
    Charles Tufts (July 16, 1781 – December 24, 1876) was an American businessperson and philanthropist. Biography Born in Medford, Massachusetts to Daniel and Abigail Tufts, he was a descendant of P...
  • John Green Brady, Governor (1848 - 1918)
    John (James) Green Brady (May 25, 1847 – December 17, 1918) was an American politician who was the Governor of the District of Alaska from 1897 to 1906, when he was forced to resign due to his allege...
  • Philip Livingston, signer of the "Declaration of Independence" (1716 - 1778)
    Philip Livingston (January 15, 1716 – June 12, 1778), was an American merchant and statesman from New York City. He was a delegate for New York to the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1778, and signed...
  • Commodore Morton Freeman Plant (1852 - 1918)
    Morton Freeman Plant (August 18, 1852, Branford, Connecticut - November 4, 1918, New York City) was a United States financier. Biography Morton Freeman Plant was the son of Henry Bradley and El...
  • Patrick Roger Cleary (1858 - 1948)
    Patrick Roger Cleary (1858-1948) (known locally as P.R. Cleary) was the founder and namesake of Cleary University in Howell, Michigan. Patrick Roger Cleary was born in Nenagh in Ireland in 1858. Af...

This project aims to gather together all of the Geni profiles of people who directly founded American colleges and universities. Anyone who solely founded an institution can be added.

Who Is a Founder?

Please read this section carefully before adding anyone to this project. Thanks!

A specific founder is usually listed on the "History" page of any major college or university's website. In many cases, an institution may have been founded by a small group of trustees or governors. Right now, we are most interested in the primary founders. (For example, while a small group of men founded Yale University, Rev. James Pierpont is universally considered the primary founder.)

If you have any questions about whether an individual is a founder, please feel free to use the Discussions area of this project.

Please note: Being the namesake, benefactor, or first president of an institution does NOT automatically mean having founded it. Many colleges named for people were not founded by those people. Harvard, for example, was founded by the Massachusetts legislature and not by John Harvard.

List of Founders (Alphabetical by College)

NOTE: Founders not in bold need to be added. If you collaborate on those profiles, please add them and then embolden their name. Thank you!

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  • Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina -- founded by

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South Carolina State University -- founded by

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  • Xavier University of Louisiana -- founded by

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About This Project

This project was started in May 2011 by Ashley, a member of the History of Education Society. Feel free to contact her with any questions -- or, better yet, use the Discussions area to connect with all collaborators!

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