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Dartmouth and Hanover Inn, 1904
Crowds gathered along the street watching horses and carriages riding toward campus, maybe for Homecoming or Founders' Day activities in 1904

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Reverend Eleazar Wheelock Started Dartmouth College
December 13, 1769

The college, the ninth oldest in the United States, was situated on land provided by Royal Governor Wentworth, and was named in honor of William Legge, the Earl of Dartmouth, a friend of Wentworth's and an important financial backer. Dartmouth's first class met in a single log hut in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1770 with just four students attending. The college grew and prospered. In 1815, Dartmouth became the stage for a constitutional drama that had far-reaching effects. Claiming its 1769 charter invalid, the New Hampshire legislature established a separate governing body for the College and changed its name to Dartmouth University. The trustees took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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