John Harvard – Summer, 1636

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s a beautiful summer afternoon in 1636. I’m at the home of Puritan preacher, John Harvard. I’ve been told he’s starting a very ambitious project.

JG: “Pastor Harvard, is it true you’re starting a college?”

JH: “John, I’m donating my entire library to start a college devoted to the glory of God. The precept I want every student to learn is that the main end of life and study is to know God and Jesus Christ.”

In 1639, shortly after John’s death, Harvard College was founded with the intent to carry out his vision and values. But education today has drifted far from the core beliefs of our nation’s founders.

Read more about John Harvard and the founding of Harvard University.


John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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