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HARVARD, John,philanthropist, born in Southwark, London, England, in
November, 1607; died in Charlestown, Massachusetts, 24 September, 1638. His
father, Robert Harvard, was a butcher. His mother, possessing some property,
sent John to Emmanuel college, Cambridge, where he was graduated in 1635.
Subsequently he was ordained as a dissenting minister, and in 1637 married Ann
Sadler, the daughter of a Sussex clergyman, and sailed for New England, where he
was made a freeman of Massachusetts on 2 November of that year. It appears on
the town records that in 1638 a tract of land was deeded to him in Charlestown,
where he exercised his ministerial functions. In April, 1638, he was appointed
one of a committee "to consider of some things tending toward a body of
At his death his property was worth about £1,500, one half
of which he left for the erection of the college that bears his name. A part of
this bequest is said to have been diverted from its original purpose. He also
left to the college a library of 320 volumes, which indicated the taste of a
scholar. The alumni erected a granite monument to his memory in the burial
ground of Charlestown, which was dedicated with an address by Edward Everett, 26
September, 1828. A memorial statue of Harvard,
the gift of Samuel James Bridge to the university, was unveiled, 15 October,
1884, with an address by Rev. George Edward Ellis (Cambridge, 1884).
Map: John Harvard Statue
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... is known as "The Statue of Three Lies." Although
the inscription reads "John Harvard,
Founder, 1638," none of these three statements is true. The seated figure
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