- Mark A. Peterson
Harvard, John ( November 1607–14 September 1638), Puritan minister and benefactor of Harvard College, was born in St. Saviour’s Parish, Southwark, England, the son of Robert Harvard, a butcher, and Katherine Rogers, the daughter of a cattle dealer and alderman in Stratford-upon-Avon. Few details of John Harvard’s early life are known. His father and four of his siblings died in the plague of 1625, leaving John the eldest surviving son. His mother remarried, but her second husband, a prosperous cooper named John Elletson, died within five months, and his estate further enhanced the family’s resources....