Today on Day’s to Remember, we celebrate how on March 13th 1639, Harvard University was named for the clergyman John Harvard.
It’s hard to believe Harvard University has been around that long, but who was John Harvard?
John Harvard was born on November 26, 1607, and died on September 14, 1638, and was an English clergyman and founder of the world’s most prestigious universities named Harvard College or Harvard University. He gave half his wealth, along with the library, to establish a school and run it constantly.
John Harvard was born and raised in Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames, opposite the City of London. He was the fourth of nine children.
Today’s YouTube presentation gives you short history on how Harvard University all came about, brought to you by user name, (mirawebdesign), as we celebrate the birthday of Harvard University.
John Harvard was educated at the Grammar School St Savior in Southwark, where his father Robert was a governor. In 1625, his father, half-brother, and two sisters died of the plague. Harvard then entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in December 1627 and received his BA in 1632.
John later married Ann Sadler of Ringmer, Sussex, in April 1636; she was daughter of the Reverend John Sadler and brother of John Sadler, a well known attorney.
In May 1637 he immigrated with his wife to New England and settled in Charlestown, where many of her classmates had arrived.
Charlestown decided to make him a minister of the Church, but in the following year he contracted tuberculosis and died on September 14 1638.
The new school was later renamed “Harvard College” on March 13, 1639. Harvard was first referred to as a university rather than a college by the new Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, as we celebrate the birthday of Harvard University.
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