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Ezra Cornell

Ezra CornellBorn: 11-Jan-1807
Birthplace: Westchester, NY
Died: 9-Dec-1874
Location of death: Ithaca, NY
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Sage Chapel, Ithaca, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Quaker
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Cornell University

"I am so thurorly (sic) disgusted with the whole of this miserable Mexican War that I have no patience even to consider the good qualities of some of our best and bravest men. This war I firmly believe was provoked by our rulers to gratify a lust for conquest and extend the curse of human slavery. I don't believe that our constitution authorises the waging [of] a war of invasion and it only authorises a defensive war through the sanction of the peoples representatives in Congress. This is not such a war as any man in my opinion can justify by the sacred document the Constitution of the United States." -- Ezra Cornell in a letter to his son, 20 December 1846

Father: Elijah Cornell (potter, b. 1771, d. 1862))
Mother: Eunice Barnard
Brother: Elijah B. Cornell (b. 1808)
Brother: Benjamin Cornell (b. 1811)
Sister: Lucretia Chase (b. 1813)
Sister: Phebe Wood (b. 1816)
Sister: Mary Robertson (b. 1818)
Sister: Deborah Wood (b. 1820)
Brother: Edward S. Cornell (b. 1825)
Brother: John H. Cornell (b. 1827)
Brother: Daniel B. Cornell (b. 1830)
Sister: Jane Finch (b. 1831)
Wife: Mary Anne Wood (m. 19-Mar-1831)
Son: Alonzo Barton Cornell (Governor of New York, b. 1832, d. 1904)
Son: Charles Carroll Cornell (b. 1833, d. 1837)
Daughter: Elizabeth Percival Cornell (b. 1836, d. 1849)
Son: Franklin Cornell (b. 1837, d. 1908)
Son: Charles Carroll Cornell (b. 1839, d. 1841)
Son: Oliver Hazard Perry (b. 1842, d. 1911)
Daughter: Mary Emily (b. 1847, d. 1935)
Daughter: Ezra Claton (b. 1849, d. 1851)
Daughter: Emma Pettit Blair (b. 1852)

    Administrator: Founder, Cornell University

    New York State Senate (1863-66)
    New York State Assembly (1861)
    Western Union Founder
    English Ancestry

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