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BUSSEY, Benjamin, philanthropist, born in Canton, Massachusetts, 1 March 1757; died in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 13 January, 1842. He enlisted in the revolutionary army when eighteen years old, and was present at the capture of Burgoyne. At the age of twenty-two he married, and began business in Dedham, Massachusetts, as a silversmith, with a capital of ten dollars. He removed in 1782 to Boston, where he engaged in foreign trade, and made a fortune, which he left, after the decease of certain relatives, to Harvard University, one half to endow a school of agriculture and the other half for the support of the law and divinity schools. His estate included a farm of several hundred acres at Jamaica Plain, near Boston, and, in accordance with his will, the University established there in 1869 a School of practical agriculture and horticulture. Mr. Bussey's bequest was estimated at the time of his death to amount to $350,000.
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