Reverend Abraham Pierson (1641-1707) was the first rector, from 1701 to 1707, and one of the founders of the Collegiate School, which later became Yale University. He was born in Southampton, New York. Pierson was the minister of the Killingworth (now Clinton, Connecticut) Congregational Church at the same time he started to teach the first classes of what would become Yale University in his parsonage. Pierson is today interred in Clinton.