Statue of Purdue University founder dedicated

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A bronze sculpture of Purdue University's 19th century founder has been dedicated on the West Lafayette campus not far from his final resting place.

The statue of John Purdue seated with a cane in one hand and an open book in the other was unveiled Sunday morning near the school's Memorial Fountain and his campus gravesite.

The Journal & Courier reports that John Purdue was a prominent Lafayette businessman who died in 1876. He was the university's primary early benefactor and was known for taking special interest in students, even paying for the education of those he thought held promise.

His statue now stands at the spot where he's believed to have sat watching construction of Purdue's University Hall in 1874, the year the school opened.

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