Henry Dunster Becomes President of Harvard
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Time Period
8/27/1640
Description
Henry Dunster, educated at Cambridge, was named the first President of Harvard College three weeks after stepping foot in Boston in 1640. Harvard had technically been founded in 1636, but early struggles led to its closure after a single year of operation. Dunster gave Harvard its institutional structure with the incorporation charter of 1650, providing for a board of seven members.

In 1654, however, Dunster was forced by the Massachusetts authorities to resign over his belief in adult baptism. He had refused to have his infant son baptized and so moved to the more tolerant Plymouth Plantation where he pastored a Baptist church until his death in 1659.
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Harvard College- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-45523

Harvard College charter- Wikimedia Commons

Memorial Hall, Harvard College- Library of Congress
Additional Resources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Dunster
Web Source
http://www.harvard.edu/history/presidents/dunster
Web Page Contributor
Paul Matzko
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University

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