- Barbara Dailey
Oakes, Urian (1631–25 July 1681), Puritan clergyman and president of Harvard College, was born in England, possibly in London, the son of Edward Oakes and Jane (maiden name unknown). His parents brought Urian and his brother Edward to Cambridge, Massachusetts, about the year 1640. Although his occupation in England is unknown, Edward Oakes, Sr., in Massachusetts established himself as a respected member of the colony. Obtaining freeman status in 1642, he served as deputy to the General Court from Cambridge (1659–1682) and from Concord (1684–1686); he also was selectman (1643–1678) and a lieutenant in Metacomet’s ( ...