On April 27, the anniversary of Cornell's Founding Day, we inspired you with the journey of Ezra Cornell, Cornell University's first entrepreneur. A Renaissance man of many talents and interests, our alma mater's founder tried his luck at many careers, from carpenter and farmer to businessman and telegraph pioneer to politician and philanthropist. How did Ezra make his money and what challenges did he face as a young entrepreneur?

Corey Ryan Earle '07, Cornell's resident historian, led an informative and entertaining discussion about the man who "would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."