Educator; born in Lebanon, Conn.
, Jan. 28, 1754; graduated at Dartmouth College in 1771; appointed lieutenant-colonel in the American
army in 1778, in which year he served against the Indians, and then became a member of the staff of Gen. Horatio Gates
He was president of Dartmouth College in 1779-1815; and in the latter year, owing to religious beliefs and a conflict with the trustees, he was deposed, an action which caused a storm of protest from the people.
In the following year the legislature, claiming the right to do so, reorganized the college under a new board of trustees, who replaced Dr. Wheelock
He served, however, only a few months, when he died in Hanover, N. H.
, on April 4.
In the mean time the old trustees went to the State
Supreme Court to recover the college property, and lost their case, but on an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States
they were successful, It
was in this trial, called the Dartmouth College case, that Daniel Webster (q. v
.) began his famous career as a constitutional lawyer.