Brown University is a private Ivy League university based in Providence, Rhode Island that was founded in 1764. Brown was the first university in the United States to accept students regardless of religious affilitation. Brown was named following a gift bestowed by Nicholas Brown, Jr., who was descended from three brothers, John, Nicholas and Moses who signed the charter for the formation of the university. The Brown family had further connections to the university. The university was built upon the former Rev. Chad Brown's farm, Joseph Brown became a professor of Physics at the University and John Brown served as treasurer.