James Pierpont

Ancestry of Rev.
James Pierpont

Founder of Yale University


Who was the Rev. James Pierpont?

The Rev. James Pierpont was a Congregationalist minister who was the founder of Yale University. Although the school took the name of its benefactor Elihu Yale, it was the Rev. James Pierpont who secured the school’s charter by the Colony of Connecticut. Originally called Collegiate School, Yale University is the third oldest college in the United States and one of only nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Famous Kin

The Rev. James Pierpont is the grandfather of the infamous Aaron Burr who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. He is also the 4th great-grandfather of both U.S. First Lady Edith Roosevelt and Doubleday & Company founder Frank Nelson Doubleday. Other famous historical figures with kinship to the Rev. James Pierpont include U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, U.S. Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton, Bill Nye the Science Guy, NBA all-star Kevin Love, the Beach Boys' Wilson brothers, and others.

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