- He was born in England
- He ran away at the age of 14 to become a brewer
- His brewery was very successful and may have been the first to receive nationwide distribution to every state
- He died in the middle of giving his farewell speech to the Board of Trustees
From an old Vassar song, "And so you see, to old V.C. / Our love shall never fail / Full well we know that all we owe / To Matthew Vassar's ale."