Ernest Martin Hopkins was born on November 6, 1877 in Dunbarton, NH. He attended Worcester Academy before he matriculated at Dartmouth College with the class of 1901. After graduation, he served as private secretary to President William Jewett Tucker from 1901-1905 and as Secretary of the College from 1905-1910. Following six years in the business world working for Wm. Filene's Sons, the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, Western Electric and Curtis Publishing, he was selected as Dartmouth's eleventh president in 1916 and served for 29 years until his retirement in 1945. After Dartmouth, he joined the National Life Insurance Company of Montpelier, VT, from 1948 to 1950, becoming chairman of the board in 1950. In 1962, Dartmouth dedicated the newly built Hopkins Center to him. Hopkins died on August 13, 1964.