Clap, Thomas

Variant last names: Clapp
honorificReverend
Other namesPresident
Birth: March 26, 1703 in Scituate, Massachusetts
Death: January 17, 1767 in New Haven, Connecticut
Affiliation:

Yale University (Yale College); Harvard University

Education:

Harvard University

Faith:

Congretaionalist

Nationality:

American

Occupation:

Congregational Minister; Rector and President of Yale University (Yale College)

Residence:

Windham, Connecticut (from 1725 to 1740)

Marital status:

Married Mary Whiting in 1727.; Married Mary Haynes in 1741.

Biography:

Thomas Clap was an American academic and Congregational minister who is best known for his role as fifth rector and first official President of Yale University (then known as Yale College) from 1740-1766. While at Yale, Clap introduced courses such as mathematics and natural philosophy, popular "Enlightenment" subjects during the Great Awakening. These changes began the shift of Yale's focus from training Congregational ministers to educating colonial youth in a broader curriculum.

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Sources:

University of Glasgow, "The University of Glasgow Story - Thomas Clap." Last modified 2012. Accessed May 24, 2013. http://www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk/biography/?id=WH24461&type=P

General note:

Clap instituted Yale's Library Catalog in 1743.