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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 4, Chapter 10 Burlington, Section 2 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 4, Chapter 10 Burlington, Section 2 Summary

Dartmouth University was the brainchild of a minister by the name of Eleazer Wheelock. He went to England to get patrons to help him build a school for Native Americans. In 1769, he received the money and a land grant from the government. However, the land grant and incorporation of the school was attached to the stipulation that it would be run by a Board of Trustees. With this stipulation, the English financiers lost all control and the school was open to the white male population. A second school was opened for Native Americans, separate from the college.

Eleazer Wheelock died in 1779. Upon his death, his son, John Wheelock, became President of the university. Wheelock believed the university was a family business and did not like to deal with the Board of Trustees. He fought with them constantly...

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