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William Barton Rogers

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This page relates to the founder of MIT. For other men named William Rogers, see William Rogers (disambiguation).


William Barton Rogers (born 1804) incorporated the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1861. However, it was not opened until 1865, due to the American Civil War. He served as president of MIT from 1861 to 1870 when declining health forced him to stand down, although he was forced by necessity to resume office in 1878 and continued to serve through to the year before his death, 1881. He died after having collapsed while giving a speech at MIT in which his last words were "bituminous coal".

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