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Mystery Monday: Hail Columbia!

Today's mystery: what member of the Class of 1714 is memorialized above the door to the Branford head of college house? And what did he and some fellow ministers do at Commencement in 1722 that scandalized the Yale administration?

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  • George Huthsteiner '74 TD
    George Huthsteiner '74 TD, 1:28am March 09 2023 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    xYale 1714 Samuel Johnson of Connecticut (1696-1772). B.A. and valedictorian Class of 1714. M.A. 1717. D.D. 1743 Oxford [Hon.] Founder and first president of Columbia University 1754. <<>> Johnson entered the Collegiate School at Saybrook in 1710 at age 13. In 1716, Tutor Johnson was appointed the sole member of the Yale faculty on-site in New Haven. <> In 1720 he formed a group to study Anglican theology at Yale <> At Yale's 1722 commencement, his nine member group publicly declared for the Church of England. Five of the nine later recanted, but Johnson, Yale Rector Timothy Cutler, Yale Tutor Daniel Brown, and the Rev. James Wetmore of North Haven refused to change, and were expelled from Yale and their Congregational ministries.

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