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BARTLETT, William, philanthropist, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, 31 January 1748; died there, 8 February 1841. He had little education in youth, but his deficiencies in this respect were supplied by shrewdness and caution. Entering on a merchant career, before the revolution, he succeeded, with economy, in amassing a fortune, which he largely spent in charity, and for the advancement of religion and morals. At the foundation of Andover theological seminary, in 1807, he gave it $30,000, endowed a professorship, and built a house for the use of the incumbent. He afterward built another professor's house, a hall, and a chapel, and paid the president's salary for five or six years. His gifts to this institution reached $250,000, and he also gave largely toward temperance work, missions, and the education of ministers.
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