John Purdue

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Date of Birth October 31, 1802
Place of Birth Pennsylvania
Date of Death Sep 12, 1876 (73)
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John Purdue was a wealthy American industrialist in Lafayette, Indiana, and the primary original benefactor of Purdue University.

About John Purdue

American industrialist from Lafayette, Indiana, who was the primary and original benefactor of Purdue University. He requested that Purdue university be located in Battle Ground and that his named was associated with it.

Before Fame

He worked as a school teacher around Ohio and possibly in Michigan.


He opened a dry goods business in Lafayette in 1839.

Family Life

He never married and had no heirs.


He funded Purdue University, where comedian Jim Gaffigan studied.

Information related to John Purdue

  • Philanthropists from Indiana
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Latest information about John Purdue updated on October 28, 2020.

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