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During our visit to the Centre Furnace Mansion we discovered its connection to the founding of Penn State University. It seems that Ironmaster Moses Thompson, who owned the mansion, was also the largest landowner in the county by the time of his death in 1891---tens of thousands of acres. The university acquired much of Mr. Thompson's land for it's campus. When visiting Penn State's enormous campus, it becomes a little clearer just how much land Mr. Thompson owned.
The Centre Furnace Mansion is documented as being the site where many trustee meetings and college guests were hosted. Furthermore, Mr. Thompson served as Penn State's Treasurer from 1867 - 1874, an honor which he obviously earned.
So from the man, Moses Thompson, his partner James Irvin, and the land acquired through the profits of the iron ore smelting business, was born the origins of Penn State University!!
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