Commodore’s ‘strange gift’ became educational legacy

Many are familiar with the basic facts that surround the founding of Vanderbilt University in 1873, but the unusual confluence of characters and events that led to this unlikely gift is the stuff of fiction. Historian Michael McGerr recounted Cornelius Vanderbilt’s journey from single-minded businessman to university patron in the inaugural Founder’s Day Lecture on March 16.

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