|11th President of
|Preceded by||Samuel Langdon|
|Succeeded by||Eliphalet Pearson|
|Born||December 29, 1738
|Died||September 25, 1804
New Bedford, Massachusetts
|Alma mater||Dummer Academy|
He was educated at the Dummer Academy (now known as The Governor's Academy). He was left fatherless at an early age, and made several coasting voyages. Through the generosity of friends he entered Harvard College, where he received a B.A. in 1765, and an M.A. in 1768. He was a tutor at Harvard until 1772, when he began serving as pastor at the First Congregational Church in Beverly, Massachusetts. In 1780 he was a charter member and first corresponding secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1781, he became president of Harvard, and served until his death.
He published a few sermons, a Latin address on the death of George Washington, prefixed to David Tappan's Discourse (Cambridge, 1800), and mathematical and astronomical papers in the Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. He was a sound Greek scholar, and left a Greek grammar in manuscript.
- "Charter of Incorporation of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- Palmer, Joseph (1864), Necrology of Alumni of Harvard College, 1851-52 to 1862-63, Boston, MA: Joseph Palmer; Printed by JOHN WILSON AND SON, p. 113.
- Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Willard, Joseph". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1889). "Williard, Simon, settler". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. This source gives his birth date as January 9, 1738.
|President of Harvard University