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LEGGE, William, second Earl of Dartmouth, English statesman, born in England in 1731; died there in 1801. His grandfather, George, first Baron of Dartmouth, was master of the ordnance, and afterward admiral of the fleet, under James II., whose fortunes he followed in the revolution of 1688, and his father, William, was made an earl by Queen Anne, at whose death he was a lord-justice of Great Britain. The son succeeded to the title in 1750. He took much interest in education in the colonies, and was a subscriber to the fund that was collected in England by Sampson Occum, a young Mohican Indian, for the benefit of the indian charity school that had been planned by Occum, and partially endowed by Joshua Moor, in Lebanon, Connecticut (See WHEELOCK, ELEAZAR) Lord Dartmouth became president of the trustees of this fund, and when, in 1769, the institution was chartered as a college and removed to Hanover, New Hampshire, it was given the name of its patron, although, with his fellow trustees, he opposed the change. As a result of this opposition, the charity school obtained an independent charter, and remained distinct from the college till 1849. Lord Dartmouth was secretary of state for the colonies from 1770 till 1775.
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