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 Matthew Vassar

Matthew Vassar

Birth
Norfolk, England
Death 23 Jun 1868 (aged 76)
Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Burial Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Plot Section L
Memorial ID 7872461 · View Source
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Business Magnate. Self-made man with only a very basic formal education. When his father's brewery burned in 1811 and he discontinued business, Matthew Vassar started his own brewery independently. As business increased he became involved in many things. Among others, in 1842 he became President of the Hudson River Railroad. In 1861, inspired by a niece, he endowed the first women's college in the United States, with $408,000 and 200 acres of land east of Poughkeepsie which is where present-day Vassar College still stands. A lasting legacy for him which is also humorously embodied in an old song, And so you see, to old V.C. Our love shall never fail. Full well we know that all we owe To Matthew Vassar's ale.

Bio by: Edmond Spaeth


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Edmond Spaeth
  • Added: 16 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7872461
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Matthew Vassar (29 Apr 1792–23 Jun 1868), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7872461, citing Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .