Happy Birthday, James Bowdoin III

Gilbert Stuart, "Portrait of James Bowdoin III" (detail). Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. Bequest of Mrs. Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn.

James Bowdoin III was born on this day in 1752. The philanthropist, agrarian reformer and statesman gave Bowdoin College land and money, and eventually endowed the young college in honor of his father.

The childless Bowdoin III left Bowdoin College a library of more than 2,000 volumes and his collections of minerals, scientific equipment and Old Master paintings and drawings.

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