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In 1769, Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, founded a school with a charter from King George the third that was primarily designed for the “youth of the Indian tribes” of the new world. The school gets its name from William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth who helped raise support for the endeavor.One particularly noteworthy historical incident was when in 1816, the legislature of New Hampshire wanted to turn Dartmouth into a public university, basically taking control out of the hands of its board of trustees. One famous American and alumnus of Dartmouth argued the case before the Supreme Court, Daniel Webster. Although the charter that ran the school was granted before the state of New Hampshire or the United States existed, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school affirming the rule of law of a contract and creating a precedence of public versus private interests that lasts till today. Over the years it added a medical school in 1797, the nation's fourth, one of the first schools of engineering in 1867, and the world's first school of management, Tuck School of Business, in 1900. While not a massive institution it has massive reach not only in it's alumni and scope of studies but in it's international student body. It is obviously one of the US's premier universities. A list of Dartmouth's famous and notable Alumni has to include Dr. Seuss, or Theodor Seuss Geisel. Political leader Nelson Rockefeller, and US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner are on the vast list of notables who have attended Dartmouth over its 200 year exceptional history. For more helpful and excellent information for your college and university search, check us out at About.com.
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