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Charles Tufts

Born: 17-Jul-1781 [1]
Birthplace: Medford, MA
Died: 24-Dec-1876
Location of death: Somerville, MA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Other, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Gender: Male
Religion: Unitarian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Philanthropist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Tufts University

Charles Tufts was a wealthy Massachusetts man who inherited and expanded his father's brickmaking business, and donated 20 acres on Boston's Walnut Hill (now College Hill) to establish the school now known as Tufts University. He later increased his donation to one hundred acres, and gave substantial sums of money for the college's construction. He was an ancestor of actor Sonny Tufts.

[1] Often cited erroneously as 16 July 1781.

Father: Daniel Tufts (brickmaker, b. 27-Dec-1753, d. 27-Apr-1839)
Mother: Abigail Tufts Tufts (cousin, b. 9-Mar-1757)
Brother: Daniel Tufts, Jr. (tanner, b. 31-Dec-1776, d. 21-Sep-1868)
Brother: Gilbert Tufts (tanner/grain merchant, b. 27-Apr-1778, d. 9-Jul-1850)
Brother: Nathan Tufts (butcher, b. 10-Mar-1786, d. 1-Aug-1872)
Wife: Hannah Robinson Tufts (b. 25-Apr-1795, m. 8-Apr-1821, d. 24-Nov-1878, no children)

    Administrator: Original Benefactor, Tufts University (1852)

    English Ancestry

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