Charles Tufts (July 16, 1781 – December 24, 1876) was an American businessperson and philanthropist.
Born in Medford, Massachusetts to Daniel and Abigail Tufts, he was a descendant of Peter Tufts, an early colonist who came to America from England in 1638. He received a common-school education. He made a fortune through his brickmaking factory, and inherited a large amount of land. Tufts donated 20 acres (8.1 hectares) of land in Medford, Massachusetts, for what was to be named Tufts University. In time, Charles Tufts donated another 80 acres (32 hectares), bringing the campus area to 100 acres (40 hectares). He married Hannah Robinson in 1821, but had no children.
- Tufts University
- The World War II Liberty Ship SS Charles Tufts was named in his honor and built in Portland, Oregon in 1944.
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