Site 14 - The Purdue Name

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Purdue University carries the name of John Purdue, but of course it is not a private university. In fact the Lafayette businessman was far from the sole contributor to launch the university, however, his commitment of $150,000 inspired local landowners, other donors and the Indiana State Assembly to turn an idea into reality. In today’s fund raising terminology, we would call John Purdue a lead donor extraordinaire.