Benjamin Wadsworth

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Benjamin Wadsworth
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President of Harvard College
Term 1725 – 1737
Predecessor John Leverett
Successor Edward Holyoke
Born (1670-02-28)February 28, 1670
Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Died March 16, 1737(1737-03-16) (aged 77)
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Alma mater Harvard College
Spouse Ruth Boardman
Children None

Benjamin Wadsworth (February 28, 1670 – March 16, 1737) was an early American clergyman and educator. He was trained at Harvard College (B.A., 1690; M.A., 1693). He served as minister of the First Church in Boston; and as president of Harvard from 1725 until his death.

Wadsworth House[edit]

Built in 1726 for the president of Harvard, Benjamin Wadsworth, and his wife, Wadsworth House has had a long and illustrious history. It is the second oldest building at Harvard (the first being Massachusetts Hall), and General George Washington used the house as his headquarters from July 2 to July 16, 1775, before transferring to the larger John Vassall House (now the Longfellow House) on Brattle Street.

In 1849, when Jared Sparks decided to stay in his nearby home, Harvard presidents ceased to live in Wadsworth House. After that time, Wadsworth House took in student boarders (including Ralph Waldo Emerson '21) and visiting preachers, among others. Today, the building houses the offices of the University Marshal, Commencement, the University Library, and several professors.

Wadsworth House History

Wadsworth House

See also[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
John Leverett
President of Harvard College
Succeeded by
Edward Holyoke