|President of Harvard College|
|Term||1725 – 1737|
February 28, 1670|
Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts
|Died||March 16, 1737
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
|Alma mater||Harvard College|
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.
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.
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