Dartmouth University. Treasurer (1817-1819)
Dartmouth University operated in Hanover, New Hampshire, on the campus of Dartmouth College. The University was established by the New Hampshire Legislature in an act of June 27, 1816. The College Trustees had dismissed President John Wheelock, and his allies in Concord sought to reinstate him through legislation. The act ostensibly modified the existing Charter rather than establishing a new institution: it attempted to change the name to Dartmouth University, to increase the number of Trustees from twelve to twenty-one, and to create a board of twenty-five Overseers including, ex officio, the Governor and Council, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, and the Governor and Lieutenant-Governor of Vermont. The University was in business for only two years and became defunct when the matter of whether the New Hampshire legislature make Dartmouth College an private university was settlend by the landmark case of Dartmouth College v. Woodward. Cyrus Perkins (1778-1849) graduated from Dartmouth College in 1800 and received his MD in 1810. He was a professor of anatomy and surgery at Dartmouth College.
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Scope and Contents The collection includes receipts and accounts of Cyrus Perkins, Treasurer of Dartmouth University.