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Elihu Yale, Governor of Madras

Male 1648 - 1721  (73 years)


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  • Name Elihu Yale 
    Suffix Governor of Madras 
    Birth 5 Apr 1648  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Death 8 Jul 1721  [1
    Person ID I38491  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2022 

    Father David Yale,   b. Abt 1613 
    Mother Ursula 
    Family ID F22604  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Katherine Elford 
    Marriage 4 Nov 1680  [1
    Family ID F22605  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2022 

  • Notes 
    • "Elihu Yale […] was a British-American colonial administrator and philanthropist. Although born in Boston, Massachusetts, he only lived in America as a child, spending the rest of his life in England, Wales and India. Starting as a clerk, he eventually rose up to the rank of President of the British East India Company settlement in Fort St George, Madras. He later lost that position under charges of corruption for self-dealing and had to pay a fine. In 1699, he returned to Britain with a considerable fortune, around £200,000, mostly made by selling diamonds, and spent his time and wealth toward philanthropy and art collecting. He is best remembered as the primary benefactor of Yale College (now Yale University), which was named in his honor, following a sizable donation of books, portrait and textiles under the request of Rev. Cotton Mather, a Harvard graduate. No direct descendants of his have survived to this day." [Wikipedia, accessed 20 Sep 2022]

  • Sources 
    1. [S185] Families of Ancient New Haven, originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, vols. I-VIII, compiled by Donald Lines Jacobus. Rome, New York: Clarence D. Smith, 1923-1932.