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James Bowdoin III (September 22, 1752-October 11, 1811) was an American philanthropist and statesman from Boston, Massachusetts. He has born to James Bowdoin in Boston, and graduated from Harvard University in 1771. James then studied law at Oxford and traveled widely in Europe until 1775. When he got the news of the Battle of Lexington he returned home. He served in the State Assembly and on the council before attending the Massachusetts' constitutional convention in 1779 and 1780.


James devoted several years to scholarly pursuits, until he was appointed the United States minister to Spain in 1804. He arrived in Madrid in May, 1805. In March of 1806 he and John Armstrong of New York were named commissioners to negotiate boundaries and other issues with Spain. He returned home in 1808 when the talks in Paris ended without success.


When Bowdoin College was founded in Maine, he gave the new school 6,000 acres (24 km) and $5,500. When he died, he also bequeathed his considerable library, papers, mineral collection, scientific apparatus and art collection to the school. He died on 1811 on Naushon Island in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.


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Bowdoin College: Information from Answers.com (2507 words)
Bowdoin College was chartered in 1794 by Governor Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, of which Maine was then a district, and was named for former Massachusetts governor James Bowdoin, whose son James Bowdoin III was an early benefactor.
While Bowdoin's best-known alumnus in the sciences is the controversial entomologist-turned-sexologist Alfred Kinsey, class of 1916, the College's reputation in this area was cemented in large part by the Arctic explorations of Admiral Robert E. Peary, class of 1877, and Donald B. MacMillan, class of 1898.
Bowdoin's Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum * honors the two explorers, and the College's mascot, the Polar Bear, was chosen after MacMillan donated a particularly large specimen to his alma mater in 1917.
James Bowdoin III - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (222 words)
James Bowdoin III (September 22, 1752– October 11, 1811) was an American philanthropist and statesman from Boston, Massachusetts.
He has born to James Bowdoin in Boston, and graduated from Harvard University in 1771.
James devoted several years to scholarly pursuits, until he was appointed the United States minister to Spain in 1804.
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