Robert Harpur

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Robert Harpur was a math professor at King's College for some time during the 18th century, where his students included Alexander Hamilton. He later worked as a clerk in the New York State Surveyor's office under Simeon DeWitt, cousin of later Governor of New York DeWitt Clinton. In this capacity, Harpur has been credited with giving many of central New York State's towns and cities (including Syracuse, Troy, Utica, Rome, and others) their classically-inspired names.