Hoar, Leonard one of the early presidents of Harvard College, was born about 1630. He graduated at Harvard hi 1650, and in 1653 went to England and continued his studies at Cambridge University. He entered the ministry at Wensted, in Sussex County, in 1656, but his nonconformity to the English Church caused his deposition in 1662. A few years afterward he decided to return to America. His first appointment was as assistant to Dr. Thacher, in Boston. In 1672 he was elected president of Harvard, but the college, which had suffered from mismanagement, was then slenderly supported, and he retired from this office in less than three years. See Allibone, Dictionary of Authors, 1, 853; Dictionnaire Universal, 19, 309.