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Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster won the charter case for his alma mater, Dartmouth College

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Reverend Eleazar Wheelock Started Dartmouth College
December 13, 1769

Lawyer and later Secretary of State Daniel Webster (a Dartmouth graduate, class of 1801) argued that the original charter was still valid, and Dartmouth should be allowed to continue as a private institution free of interference from the state. Justice Marshall and the Supreme Court agreed. The Dartmouth College case paved the way for other private American institutions of higher learning.

Dartmouth today is still a small private college, coed since 1972, with about 4,300 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate students representing every state and 40 nations. Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel (class of 1925) is among notable Dartmouth graduates. The motto of "Big Green" is vox clamantis in deserto, which means "a voice crying in the wilderness"--an apt saying, remembering its beginnings in a small log hut.

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