Establishing Yale University



Y/M/D Description Place
1700/00/00 Ten ministers led by the Rev James Pierpont of New Haven meet in Branford, Connecticut, to donate books: I give these books for the founding of a College in this Colony. Branford Center Historic District, Branford
1701/10/09 In New Haven, the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut passes "An Act for Liberty to Erect a Collegiate School" with a mission to instruct youth in the arts and sciences and fit them "for Publick employment both in Church and Civil State." Yale University, New Haven, CT
1701/10/16 Rev Samuel Mather begins working as a founding trustee of Yale College. He will continue in this position until 21 May 1724. Yale University, New Haven, CT
1702/00/00 Appointed trustees select Saybrook, as the site for the Collegiate School and Abraham Pierson, a minister in Killingworth, as the first rector, or president. The college will operate in his home until his death in 1707. Killingworth, Connecticut
1707/00/00 After the death of Abraham Pierson, Collegiate School moves to Saybrook. Old Saybrook, Connecticut
1716/00/00 As out-of-the-way Saybrook proves to be unpopular, Collegiate School moves to New Haven, whose citizens have built a wooden building, "College House" (lost), at the corner of College and Chapel Streets. Yale Old Campus, New Haven, CT
1718/00/00 After London merchant and slave trader Elihu Yale - step grandson of Theophilus Eaton - donates over 400 books, a portrait of King George I, and cloth goods that will sell for 562 pounds, Collegiate School is renamed Yale College. Yale Old Campus, New Haven, CT

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