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James Pierpont Yale Founder
American Congregationalist minister and co-founder of Yale University (1659-1714)
James PierpontorPierrepont (January 4, 1659 – November 22, 1714) was a Congregationalist minister who is credited with the founding of Yale University in the United States.
Pierpont was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on January 4, 1659. He was one of five children born to John Pierpont and his wife, Thankful (née Stow) Pierpont (1629-1664), daughter of John Stow. His father, who was born in London in 1619, was a Roxbury town officer and a deputy to the general court before his death in 1682.
Pierpont became an ordained Congregationalist minister on July 2, 1685. In 1701, he secured the charter for The Collegiate School of Connecticut, which soon thereafter took the surname of its benefactor Elihu Yale. He served as a founding trustee of Yale from October 16, 1701 until his death in 1714.
Mary Hooker Pierpont, the third wife of Rev. James Pierpont.
Pierpont was married three times and lived in New Haven at what was known as the Pierpont Mansion. His first marriage was on October 27, 1691 to Abigail Davenport (1672-1691), the daughter of John Davenport and Abigail (née Pierson) Davenport. Abigail died on February 3, 1692 from a cold she caught shortly after their marriage. His second wife was Sarah Haynes (1673-1696), whom he married on May 30, 1694. Sarah was the daughter of Rev. Joseph Haynes and Sarah (née Lord) Haynes, and the granddaughter of Governor John Haynes. She died on October 27, 1696 after giving birth to their only child:
Abigail Pierpont (1696-1768), who married Rev. Joseph Noyes (1688-1761) in 1716.
In 1698, James Pierpont married for the third time to Mary Hooker (1673-1740) of Farmington. Mary was a daughter of Rev. Samuel Hooker and granddaughter of Rev. Thomas Hooker, chief founder of the Colony of Connecticut.
James Pierpoint (1699-1776), who married Sarah Breck (1710-1753). After her death, he married Anne Sherman (1728-1803) in 1754.