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RUGGLES, William, educator, born in Rochester, Massachusetts, 5 September, 1797; died in Washington, D. C., 10 September, 1877. He was graduated at Brown in 1820, in 1822 became a tutor in Columbian college, D. C., and in 1827 was advanced to the chair of mathematics and natural philosophy. He remained in this office until his death, completing the term of fifty-five years as teacher in one institution. Professor Ruggles was a generous contributor to charitable objects, especially those of the Baptist denomination. To Karen theological school, in Burmah, he gave during his life $15,000, and at his death he left it a legacy of $25,000. He received from Brown the honorary degree of LL.D. in 1852.
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