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Chauncy, Charles (1592–19 February 1672), Puritan minister and president of Harvard College, was born in Yardley-Bury, Hertfordshire, England, the son of George Chauncy, a member of the lesser gentry, and Agnes Welch Humberstone. In 1605 Chauncy was sent to the Westminster School, which narrowly escaped the notorious Gunpowder Plot of that year. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1610, received the B.A. in 1614, a master’s degree in 1617, and in 1624 was awarded a second bachelor’s degree in divinity. After taking his first degree, Chauncy became a fellow of the college and eventually served as lecturer in Hebrew and Greek....

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Hoar, Leonard (1630?–28 November 1675), Puritan minister and president of Harvard College, was born in Gloucestershire, England, the son of Charles Hoare, a brewer, and Joanna Hinksman. Charles Hoare was wealthy enough to provide in his will for Leonard to be sent to Oxford University, but after his father’s death in 1638, Leonard’s mother moved the family across the Atlantic to New England, where they settled in Braintree, Massachusetts. Instead of Oxford, Leonard Hoar enrolled at Harvard College, where he received an A.B. in 1650 and an A.M. in 1653....

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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 ( ...