Thomas Brinsmade

Thomas C. Brinsmade


Born June 16th in New Hartford, Connecticut


Studied medicine at Yale; licensed to practice by the Connecticut State Medical Society.


Married Elizabeth Walsh of Lansingburgh September 24, 1828.


Received an honorary degree in medicine from Yale.


After the deaths of Stephen Van Renssealer (1839) and Amos Eaton (1842), when the Rensselaer School was in dire need of funds, Brinsmade bought the entire property and equipment of the school at a sheriff's auction. He allowed faculty and students to use it until the school could repay him.


Appointed Vice President of Rensselaer.


Named President of Rensselaer May 7th. June 22, 1868, Brinsmade collapsed and died while making an appeal for funds for the Institute.

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