The New Student's Reference Work/Yale, Elihu
Yale, Eli'hu, after whom Yale College (now Yale University) was named, was born at New Haven, Conn., April 5, 1648. When he was ten, his parents returned to England, and he never returned to America. In 1678 he went to the East Indies, where he remained several years and accumulated a large fortune. On his return to England he became governor of the East India Company and a fellow of the Royal Society. His gifts to the new institution in books and money amounted to about $4,000, in consequence of which it was named Yale College. He died at London, July 8, 1721.