“Williamstown was established in 1753 as a plantation called West Hoosac and renamed Williamstown in 1765, when Col. Ephraim Williams bequeathed his estate to the town to establish a free school. (Williams now costs more than $40,000 a year). Students of Williams College, which was chartered in 1793, call themselves the Ephs, pronounced “eefs,” in his honor.”
Simple answer. No. It was given to “Ephs” by the town, from a townie. It is named after a townie. So are all of you alum.
All the banter in recent posts that the town somehow owes the College for its existance and hence the college has a right to do whatever it so desires, damn the town, is just pointless.