William Bucknell

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William Robert Bucknell (April 1, 1811 – March 5, 1890), born near Marcus Hook, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, was a real estate dealer and agent, builder of gas and water works, and patron of Bucknell University.[1]

In 1882 Bucknell donated $50,000 to the university when it was in trouble financially.[2] In 1886 the university changed its name from the University at Lewisburg to Bucknell University, in his honor.[3]

Bucknell married Harriet Burr Ashton (1815-1851), Margaret Knowles Crozer (1827-1870) and finally, Emma Eliza Ward (1853-1927), who became a Titanic survivor. A daughter, Margaret, became a painter.[4]


  1. ^ "General catalogue of Bates college and Cobb divinity school, 1863–1915," p. 232, Bates College (1915), accessed November 9, 2009. Books.google.com. September 20, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Leslie, W. Bruce, Gentlemen and scholars: college and community in the "Age of the University, p. 43, Transaction Publishers (2005), ISBN 9781412804585
  3. ^ Snyder, Charles McCool (2000). Union County, Pennsylvania: a celebration of history. Penn State Press. ISBN 978-0-917127-13-7. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ David Bernard Dearinger; National Academy of Design (U.S.) (2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826–1925. Hudson Hills. pp. 20–. ISBN 978-1-55595-029-3.