|Southwark Cathedral, London. Photo GeeJo|
John Harvards father was Robert Harvard (1562–1625), a butcher and tavern owner, and his wife Katherine Rogers (1584–1635), was a native of Stratford-upon-Avon whose father Thomas Rogers (1540–1611) may have been an associate of Shakespeare's father.
He traveled to America in 1637, where he died in 1638 only 31 years old. John Harvard left a considerable amount of money towards establishing a school in New Towne, and this school developed into the prestigious university.
|Harvard freshmen of 2012 in front of the Harry Elkins Widener Library|