Although tomorrow will mark the 326th birthday of John Harvard, little notice of the event will be made in the University. In the first decade of this century the Harvard Memorial Association was instrumental in conducting ceremonial exercises on November 26 of each year before the statue of John Harvard, then in front of Memorial Hall. The society was also responsible for the honorary plaques in memory of the occupants of the halls in the Yard. Since that time however, the anniversary of Harvard's birth has been treated with less and less notice, until at present it is almost completely ignored.
John Harvard was born in London in 1607 and was educated at Emanuel College, Cambridge, where he received his M.A. degree and was ordained a clergyman. He sailed for America with his young wife, Anne Sadler, in 1637, and on their arrival they settled in Charlestown.