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Clergyman John Harvard Died
September 14, 1638

Founded by the General Court of Massachusetts in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institution of higher learning. Since its days as a single classroom, it has grown into a highly regarded university with more than 18,000 students and 2,000 faculty members, including numerous Nobel Prize winners. Harvard's main campus is also one of the country's most scenic. With an endowment (the part of an institution's income derived from donations) of $11 billion, the university is the country's wealthiest. Harvard based its original curriculum on the classics taught in European universities and on the Puritanism preached in the American colonies.
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