Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
Developed by The History Center in Tompkins County
Ezra Cornell (1807-1874) spent his early life in DeRuyter, New York, and he first came to Ithaca at the age of 21. He worked as a carpenter and then in Jeremiah Beebe's plaster and flour mill. At the age of 47 he was bankrupt. By the time he was 57, however, his fortunes had changed after his hard work and investments in the early telegraph industry paid off. The philanthropist co-founded Cornell University in 1865.
Explore the Ithaca sites associated with Ezra Cornell on this driving tour.