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  • Herbert lll Pelham, Esq. (1601 - 1673)
    Graduated at Oxford 1619, and bore his father's Arms in the Hastings muster the same year. He came to Massachusetts in 1638, was first treasurer of Harvard College and returned to England 1649, where h...
  • Col. Robert Hale, of Beverly (1702 - 1767)
    notes Col. Robert Hale was a student in Harvard when his mother married again and he taught school in Exeter in his vacations. He graduated in 1721, followed his father's example and married his step...
  • William Brattle (1662 - 1717)
    Fellow of the Royal Society. Member, Harvard College Class of 1680. See Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard, by John Sibley & Clifford Shipton, Vol. 3, page 200. --------
  • Reverend William Hubbard Jr. (1621 - 1704)
    Wrote: Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians of New England b. 1621 Tendring Hundred, Essex arrived Boston 10/3/1638 with family Ordained 5/23/1639 Grad. Harvard 1642 minister at Wenha...
  • Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Williams (1675 - 1737)
    Nathaniel Williams, M.A. (Boston Latin School 1682, Harvard 1693). This Nathaniel Williams, 3rd, was a physician. In early life he removed to the West Indies, but soon returned to Boston, where he succ...

Harvard University

Harvard University is an American private Ivy League research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation (officially The President and Fellows of Harvard College) chartered in the country. Harvard's history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.


Harvard was named after its first benefactor, John Harvard. Although never formally affiliated with a church, the college primarily trained Congregationalist and Unitarian clergy. Harvard's curriculum and students became secular throughout the 18th century and by the 19th century had emerged as the central cultural establishment among Boston elites. Following the American Civil War, President Charles W. Eliot's forty year tenure (1869–1909) transformed the college and affiliated professional schools into a centralized research university, and Harvard became a founding member of the Association of American Universities in 1900. James Bryant Conant led the university through the Great Depression and World War II and began to reform the curriculum and liberalize admissions after the war. The undergraduate college became coeducational after its 1977 merger with Radcliffe College. Drew Gilpin Faust was elected the 28th president in 2007 and is the first woman to lead the university. Harvard has the largest financial endowment of any academic institution in the world, standing at $32 billion as of September 2011.


The university comprises eleven separate academic units—ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—with campuses throughout the Boston metropolitan area. Harvard's 210-acre (85 ha) main campus is centered on Harvard Yard in Cambridge, approximately 3.4 miles (5.5 km) northwest of downtown Boston. The business school and athletics facilities, including Harvard Stadium, are located across the Charles River in Allston and the medical, dental, and public health schools are located in the Longwood Medical Area.


As of 2010, Harvard employs about 2,100 faculty to teach and advise approximately 6,700 undergraduates (Harvard College) and 14,500 graduate and professional students. Eight U.S. presidents have been graduates, and 75 Nobel Laureates have been student, faculty, or staff affiliates. Harvard is also the alma mater of sixty-two living billionaires, the most in the country. The Harvard University Library is the largest academic library in the United States, and one of the largest in the world.


The Harvard Crimson competes in 41 intercollegiate sports in the NCAA Division I Ivy League. Harvard has an intense athletic rivalry with Yale University traditionally culminating in The Game, although the Harvard–Yale Regatta predates the football game. This rivalry, though, is put aside every two years when the Harvard and Yale Track and Field teams come together to compete against a combined Oxford University and Cambridge University team, a competition that is the oldest continuous international amateur competition in the world.

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