Samuel Russell (Yale co-founder)

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Residence of Rev. Samuel Russell, Branford, Connecticut, where founders of Yale College met.

Samuel Russell (4 November 1660 – 24 June 1731[1]) was one of the founders of Yale University.[2][3]

He was born in Hadley, Massachusetts, the second son of Rev. John Russell[4] and Rebecca Newberry Russell.

He graduated from Harvard College in 1681 and was ordained while teaching at Hadley, Massachusetts. On 12 September 1687, he was elected pastor of the church at Branford, Connecticut where he officiated for the remainder of his life. The founders of Yale University met in his study in Branford to contribute their books to the founding of the University. The doors of the Samuel Russell house in Branford are preserved in the 1742 Room of Sterling Memorial Library at Yale.[5]


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  2. ^ Kelley, B. M. (1974). "Yale", Yale University Press.
  3. ^ Russell, Gurdon Wadsworth (1910). Welles, Edwin Stanley (ed.). An Account of Some of the Descendants of John Russell. Hartford, Connecticut: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co. pp. 131-133. Retrieved 5 April 2018. gurdon wadsworth russell.
  4. ^ Sibley, John Langdon (1885). Sibley's Harvard Graduates, Volume 3. Massachusetts Historical Society. pp. 236–238.
  5. ^ Federal Writers' Project (31 October 2013). The WPA Guide to Connecticut: The Constitution State. ISBN 9781595342065.