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John Harvard Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 5 pages of information about the life of John Harvard.
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Little is known about the short life of John Harvard (1607-1638). Yet his legacy has continued down through the centuries as the principal benefactor of Harvard University, arguably one of the world's most highly respected centers of learning.

Although John Harvard was certainly an accomplished man he was not a man of great accomplishments. It must be noted, however, that he died in his 31st year and it is impossible to say what he would have accomplished had he lived a full life. He is thus remembered not for his achievements but for a generous endowment. Harvard is often described as the founder or sometimes as the "principal founder" of what is now known as Harvard University. This characterization is quite misleading. It is more apt to describe him as "Harvard's benefactor" or as a philanthropist responsible for aiding the school.

When Harvard died in 1638 he left half...

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This section contains 1,251 words
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