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The Collegiate School trustees vote to move to more hospitable New Haven. Citizens of other communities vied to host the fledgling school, but friends in New Haven outbid them, fulfilling the dream of one of New Haven’s founders, the Reverend John Davenport, to establish a college there. New Haven and the college have grown together over the centuries, and Yale University is now the city’s largest employer, taxpayer, and catalyst for economic development. New Haven Harbor in 1786.