Elihu Yale (April 5, 1649 - July 8, 1721) was born in Boston (moving back to Wales in 1652) to David Yale (1613-1690) and Ursula Knight (1624-1698). Elihu was a Welsh Merchant, Philanthropist, Governor of the East India Co. settled at Madras;also President of Fort George in Madras (1684-1685). In 1718, he became benefactor of Collegiate School of Connecticut in New Haven, later renamed Yale College in his honor.
Yale University Bulldogs. Handsome Dan. Handsome Dan is selected based on his ability to tolerate bands and children, negative reaction to the color crimson and to tigers (the symbols of rival schools Harvard and Princeton respectively), and cleanliness. He was the first live college mascot in America, and therefore he is also believed to be the first live mascot in the entire world. Since the inception of the tradition in 1889, 17 dogs have held the position.