Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

The board of the oldest institution of higher learning in America, located in Cambridge, Mass., declared its purpose was to “train a literate clergy.” Ten of its 12 presidents prior to the Revolution were ministers, and over 50 percent of the 17th-century graduates became ministers. The Rules and Precepts for the students, which were adopted this day, Sept. 26, 1642, stated: “Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternall life.” The name of the college was Harvard.