Harvard, John (2)

Harvard, John the founder of Harvard University, was born in England about 1608. He graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1631, came to New England in 1637, officiated as clergyman in the Massachusetts colony in 1638, and died at Charlestown, September 14 of the same year. He gave about £800 and his library to the establishment of the college on a strictly orthodox basis. See Drake, Dict. of Amer. Biog. s.v.

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