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Reverend Eleazar Wheelock

Reverend Eleazar Wheelock

Male 1711 - 1779  (68 years)


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  • Name Eleazar Wheelock 
    Prefix Reverend 
    Born 22 Apr 1711  Windham, Windham, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1769 
    Founder and first President of Dartmouth College, NH.

    The town of Wheelock is named in his honor. It is located in Caledonia County, Vermont. 
    Dartmouth.
    Dartmouth.
    "The Founding of Dartmouth College in 1769." Engraving by S. E. Brown, 1839, showing Eleazer Wheelock with his white and Indian students in the wilderness of New Hampshire. (Dartmouth College)
    Buried Apr 1779  Dartmouth College Cemetery , Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reverend Eleazar Wheelock Headstone.
    Reverend Eleazar Wheelock Headstone.
    Reverend Eleazar Wheelock Headstone.
    Reverend Eleazar Wheelock Headstone.
    Reverend Eleazar Wheelock Headstone.
    Reverend Eleazar Wheelock Headstone.
    Died 24 Apr 1779  Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Biographical Information 1885 
    Eleazar Wheelock
    Dartmouth College drinking song by Richard Hovey:

    Oh, Eleazar Wheelock was a very pious man;
    He went into the wilderness to teach the Indian,
    With a Gradus ad Parnassum, a Bible and a drum,
    And five hundred gallons of New England rum.
    Fill the bowl up! Fill the bowl up!
    Drink to Eleazar,
    And his primitive Alcazar,
    Where he mixed drinks for the heathen in the goodness of his soul.

    The big chief that met him was the sachem of the Wah-hoo-wahs;
    If he was not a big chief, there was never one you saw who was;
    He had tobacco by the cord, ten squaws, and more to come,
    But he never yet had tasted of New England rum.
    Fill the bowl up! Fill the bowl up!

    Eleazar and the big chief harangued and gesticulated;
    They founded Dartmouth College, and the big chief matriculated.
    Eleazar was the faculty, and the whole curriculum
    Was five hundred gallons of New England rum.
    Fill the Bowl up! Fill the bowl up! 
    Censoring the Hovey Murals.
    Censoring the Hovey Murals.
    Censoring the Hovey Murals. By Jon Miller. The Dartmouth (newspaper) published by The Dartmouth, Inc. 2 October 2013.
    Richard Hovey's 'Eleazar Wheelock' panel 2
    Richard Hovey's "Eleazar Wheelock" panel 2
    The "Hovey murals" in Dartmouth's Thayer Dining Hall were painted between 1937 and 1939. The mural is named after Richard Hovey, Dartmouth Class of 1885, who wrote the college drinking song on which it is based.

    Walter Beach Humphrey (Dartmouth Class of 1914) was commissioned by Trustees of Dartmouth College to do the oil on canvas paintings that shows Eleazar Wheelock, the founder of Dartmouth College, bringing “five hundred gallons” of rum into the New England woods and serving it to the Native Americans.
    Richard Hovey's 'Eleazar Wheelock' panel 4
    Richard Hovey's "Eleazar Wheelock" panel 4
    Richard Hovey's 'Eleazar Wheelock'. Close-up detail of panel 4.
    Richard Hovey's "Eleazar Wheelock". Close-up detail of panel 4.
    Richard Hovey's 'Eleazar Wheelock' panel 1.
    Richard Hovey's "Eleazar Wheelock" panel 1.
    Richard Hoveys Eleazar Wheelock panel 7.
    Richard Hoveys Eleazar Wheelock panel 7.
    Richard Hovey's 'Eleazar Wheelock'. Close-up detail panel 7.
    Richard Hovey's "Eleazar Wheelock". Close-up detail panel 7.
    Military Service While never truly an enlisted service member, as Justice of the Peace of Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire Eleazar conveyed information about the enemy to General George Washington. 
    Liberty Ship Hull Number 0038 Rev. Wheelock.
    Liberty Ship Hull Number 0038 Rev. Wheelock.
    During World War II a Liberty Ship Hull Number 0038 was named for Reverend Wheelock. This was a C-2 cargo ship outfitted to carry 550 troops. It participated in the Normandy Invasion where it was shell damaged. it was Scrapped in 1964 at Philadelphia.
    Siblings 5 siblings 
    Person ID I8629  Nagel
    Last Modified 9 Jun 2015 

    Father Ralph Wheelock,   b. 12 Feb 1682, Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1748, Windham, Windham, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Ruth Huntington,   b. Abt 1682,   d. 31 Aug 1725  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 8 Jan 1707/1708  Windham, Windham, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2908  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Sarah Davenport,   b. Jul 1702, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1746, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married 29 Apr 1735  Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Theodora Wheelock,   b. 23 May 1736, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1811, Piermont, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Eleazar Wheelock,   b. 14 Aug 1737, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1737, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Mercy Wheelock,   b. 21 Dec 1738, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1739  (Age 0 years)
     4. Ruth Wheelock,   b. 12 Jan 1739, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1831, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     5. Ralph Rodolphus Wheelock,   b. 18 Aug 1742, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1817, Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. Eleazar Wheelock,   b. 30 Apr 1744,   d. 30 May 1744, Columbia, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F2941  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary Brinsmead,   b. 1714,   d. 1783  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1747  Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Wheelock,   b. 28 Aug 1748, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1807, Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     2. Abigail Wheelock,   b. 21 Dec 1751, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1818, Fryeburg, Oxford, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. Lieutenant Colonel John Wheelock,   b. 28 Jan 1754, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1817, Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     4. Colonel Eleazar Wheelock,   b. 17 Aug 1756, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1811, Clermont County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    +5. James Wheelock,   b. 6 May 1759, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1835, Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Family ID F2942  Group Sheet