University was founded in 1701, tracing
its beginnings to "An Act for
Liberty to Erect a Collegiate
School" passed by the General Court
of the Colony of Connecticut. It is the
third-oldest institution of higher
education in the United States and is a
member of the Ivy League.
Initially known as
the the Collegiate School, it is
well-known for its undergraduate school,
Yale College, and the Yale Law School,
each of which has produced a number of
U.S. presidents and foreign heads of
state. In 1861, the Graduate School of
Arts and Sciences became the first U.S.
school to award the Ph.D. degree. Also
notable is the Yale School of Drama which
has produced many prominent Hollywood and
Broadway actors, as well as the art,
music, medical and architecture schools,
each of which is often cited as among the
finest in its field.
Henry Pleasants Shaw, son of Hiram and
Harriet (Martin), was attending Yale
University. He moved to Chicago and
married Fannie V. Hawes, who was the
daughter of Superior Court Judge Kirk
Hawes and his wife H. Elizabeth (Dunham).
They were the parents of at least two
sons, Henry and George Shaw.
cousin, Horace Martin Poynter, who was
the son of Clara Davis (Martin) and Wiley
Poynter, also attended and graduated from
Yale University. He later married Elsie
Pitkin and was an instructor in Greek and
Latin at Phillips Academy in Andover,