Thomas Clap

Thomas Clap or Thomas Clapp (June 26, 1703 – January 7, 1767) was an American academic and educator, a Congregational minister, and college administrator. He was both the fifth rector and the earliest official to be called "president" of Yale College (1740–1766). He is best known for his successful reform of Yale in the 1740s, partnering with the Rev. Dr. Samuel Johnson to restructure the forty-year-old institution along more modern lines. He convinced the Connecticut Assembly to exempt Yale from paying taxes. He opened a second college house and doubled the size of the college; Yale graduated more students than Harvard beginning in 1756. He introduced Enlightenment math and science and Johnson's moral philosophy into the curriculum, while retaining its Puritan theology. He also helped found the Linonian Society in 1753, a literary and debating society and one of Yale's oldest secret societies. He personally built the first Orrery in America, a milestone of American science, and awarded his friend Benjamin Franklin an honorary degree.

His educational accomplishments were marred by many political, theological, and polity conflicts, with first the New Light faction in Connecticut, then the Anglicans, then the Old Light faction. He fought with the Connecticut Assembly, the Yale board, and finally, with his own tutors and students. He was forced to resign as president of Yale in 1765 and died soon after. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Clap, Thomas
Published 1745
Printed and sold by T. Fleet, at the Heart and Crown in Cornhill

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by Clap, Thomas
Published 1745
Printed and sold by T. Fleet, at the Heart and Crown in Cornhill
Subjects: '; ...Clap, Thomas / 1703-1767 / Letter from the Reverend Mr. Clap ... to a friend in Boston...

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by Clap, Thomas
Published 1745
Printed and sold by T. Green

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by Clap, Thomas
Published 1781
Printed by John Trumbull, for the subscribers

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by Clap, Thomas
Published 1755
Printed and sold by James Parker, at the post-office

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by Clap, Thomas
Published 1755
Printed and sold by James Parker, at the post-office, near the Hay-Market

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by Clap, Thomas
Published 1732
Printed for John Eliot, at the south-end of the town

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by Clap, Thomas
Published 1757
New-Haven, printed: Boston: re-printed and sold by S. Kneeland, opposite the Probate Office in Queen-Street

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by Clap, Thomas
Published 1745
Printed and sold by T. Fleet, at the Heart and Crown in Cornhill
Other Authors: '; ...Clap, Thomas...

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by Clap, Thomas
Published 1743
Printed by T. Green

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by Gale, Benjamin
Published 1755
[Printed [by T. Green]
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