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Dartmouth College. Office of the President, Eleazar Wheelock, 1711-1779



  • Existence: 1711 - 1779

Eleazar Wheelock, (born April 22, 1711, Windham, Conn. [U.S.]—died April 24, 1779, Hanover, N.H., U.S.), American educator who was founder and first president of Dartmouth College. Wheelock graduated from Yale in 1733, studied theology, and in 1735 became a Congregationalist minister at Lebanon (now Columbia), Conn. He was a popular preacher throughout the period of the Great Awakening. When a free school he founded to educate both Indians and whites failed for lack of funds, the governor of New Hampshire offered him a township (36 square miles [93 square km]) of land. With about 30 students, he and other settlers established the town of Hanover in 1770. The college he founded there was named Dartmouth in honour of the 2nd Earl of Dartmouth. For the remaining nine years of his life, including the turbulent Revolutionary War period, Wheelock worked for the college, supervising building, preaching, teaching, and raising funds.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Eleazar Wheelock collection

Identifier: MS-1310
Overview Eleazar Wheelock (1711-1779), founder of Dartmouth College. The Collection documents Wheelock's life as a minister during the Great Awakening movement and the founding of Dartmouth College through correspondence, deeds, petitions, recommentions, accounts, Wills and other legal documents.

Eleazar Wheelock sermons

Identifier: MS-940
Overview Eleazar Wheelock (1711-1779), minister and founder of Dartmouth College. The collection consists of sermons of Eleazar Wheelock in manuscript form.