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Durant, Henry Towle, 1822-1881

Philanthropist; born in Hanover, N. H., Feb. 20, 1822; graduated at Harvard College in 1841; admitted to the bar in 1846; and became connected with Rufus Choate and other celebrated lawyers in practice in Boston. Later he abandoned the practice of law to devote himself to the cause of religion and education. After a few years his plans for an institution where women might receive a higher education were realized, and Wellesley College was founded at a cost of $1,000,000. The institution was opened in September, 1875, and was maintained by him at an expense of $50,000 a year until his death, and afterwards was aided by his widow. He died in Wellesley, Mass., Oct. 3, 1881.

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