The Harvard Collection No.2
Harvard College was established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The College was named for its first benefactor, a young minister, John Harvard. In 1708, John Leverett became the first president of Harvard who was not a clergyman. marking the turning of the College toward intellectual independence from Puritanism. Under Charles W. Eliot, who served as president from 1869 to 1909, the institution was transformed into a modern university. The Harvard Corporation is the oldest corporation in the western hemisphere.
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