September 8, 1636 – Harvard College

Massachusetts Puritans understood the need to train ministers for the Gospel in their new colony and on September 8, 1636 founded a school named for a prominent English minister who came to America to lead the school: Harvard College. The founders took as their guiding verse John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they know Thee to be the only very God and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent” (from the Geneva Bible).

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