Bennet Tyler

President, 1822-1828

To succeed President Dana, the Dartmouth Trustees selected Bennet Tyler, a South Britain, Connecticut, minister and Yale graduate. Tyler was a devout leader who insisted on shouldering the responsibility of preaching in the College church, leaving the responsibility for the instruction of the senior class to one of the professors. He was successful in endowing the first scholarship at Dartmouth, intended for "the education of pious, indigent young men for the ministry," and in stabilizing the numbers of enrolled students--numbers which had plummeted during the years of the Revolutionary War.

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Portrait Artist & Donor Information

Henry Cheever Pratt, Bennet Tyler, 1824
Oil on canvas
Hood Museum of Art
Gift of the Students of Dartmouth College
Hood Museum Object Number: P.827.1