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Harvard University honored its benefactor John Harvard with this statue in 1900

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Clergyman John Harvard Died
September 14, 1638

Harvard University is a world-renowned college that educated six U.S. presidents and many other famous Americans. It's hard to imagine that this prestigious university started out with nine students and one instructor. Do you know how Harvard got its name? On September 14, 1638, John Harvard, a 31-year-old clergyman from Charlestown, Massachusetts, died, leaving his library and half his estate to a local, newly established college. The young minister's gift provided the college with some needed stability. In his honor, it was called Harvard College.
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