John Harvard and His Times

John Harvard and His Times

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John Harvard and His Times

John Harvard and His Times

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Among the names graven on the foundation stones of American history none is so deeply carved or is so rich in promise of endurance as that of John Harvard. In fact, no name has been for so many generations so literally a household word. It was familiar long before the name of George Washington become a commonplace of American speech; and, no matter what new sons of fame may be born in the future, there is little fear that eclipse will overtake the renown of John Harvard.

Yet, for all that, the founder of America's first seat of learning is one of the most shadowy figures in the history of the Republic.

Up to some twenty years ago, John Harvard was, in Lowell's phrase, "scarce more than a name." Earlier still another writer made the felicitous reflection that "John Harvard seems to be the 'Melchisedec' of the first age of the . . .

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