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Elihu Yale - Life, Death and legacy

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Colonial administrator and benefactor, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, of English parents. They returned to Britain in 1652, and he was educated in London. In 1672 he went to India in the service of the East India Company, becoming Governor of Madras in 1687. He was resident in England from 1699. Through the sale in America of some of his effects, he donated money to the collegiate school established (1701) at Saybrook, CT, which afterwards moved to New Haven. There in 1718 it took the name of Yale College in honour of its benefactor, and in 1887 the much-expanded institution became Yale University, the third oldest in the USA.

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