This charming town was settled in the 1630s as part of Dedham Massachusetts. It was subsequently a part of Needham Massachusetts called West Needham, Massachusetts. On October 23, 1880, West Needham residents voted to secede from Needham, and the town of Wellesley was later christened by the Massachusetts legislature on April 6, 1881. The town was named after the estate of local benefactor Horatio Hollis Hunnewell. Wellesley also contains the main campus of 3 colleges, Wellesley College (attended by Hillary Clinton), a women's liberal arts college, Massachusetts Bay Community College, a two-year public college, and Babson College, a business college. According to Forbes.com, Wellesley College is the 6th best college in the country.