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The Wheelock Succession of Dartmouth Presidents

BENNET TYLER, 1822-1828

Bennett Tyler

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.

It was during President Tyler's administration that Dartmouth students successfully petitioned the College to admit its first African American student, Edward Mitchell, in 1824. Tyler returned to the ministry after six years in office.

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