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Call No.: UAI 15.872
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Locke, Samuel, 1731-1777
Title: Papers of Samuel Locke, 1755-[1778?].
Quantity: 0.35 cubic feet (2 volumes, 1 folio box, 2 microfilm rolls)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Samuel Locke was the twelfth president of Harvard College, serving from 1770 to 1773. This collection contains Locke's commonplace book, 1755-[1778?], three documents removed from the commonplace book, and a letter written by Locke in 1760 to Edward Wigglesworth.
- Harvard University. Corporation. Harvard College Papers, 1st series, 1636-1825, 1831 (UAI 5.100): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua62011
- Harvard University. Corporation. Corporation papers, 1st series, supplements to the Harvard College Papers, circa 1650-1828 (UAI 5.120): http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua09012Among the records of the Harvard Corporation, College Book No. 7, pages 199-200 contains an account of Locke's inauguration. These pages have been digitized and are available online. For digital copies, click on the links below:Search HOLLIS (Harvard's online library system) for works by and about Samuel Locke.Citations to published versions of the documents in this collection are noted in the folder list.
Samuel Locke was the twelfth president of Harvard College, serving from 1770 to 1773.Born in Woburn, Massachusetts, in 1731, Locke received an A.B. degree in 1755 from Harvard, where he held a Hollis scholarship. Locke continued his studies at Harvard with a Hopkins fellowship, receiving his A.M. in 1758. That same year, while still enrolled at Harvard, he began preaching part time at the First Church of Plymouth. He was ordained as a minister at Sherborn, Massachusetts, in 1759. In 1760, Locke married Mary Porter, with whom he had three children.When appointed to the Harvard presidency in 1770, Locke was the youngest man to hold the office. During his administration, the College was preoccupied by the political turmoil and threat of war, and Locke had little influence on College life. He resigned in 1773, after it was discovered that he had fathered a child by one of his housemaids.After leaving Harvard, Locke returned to Sherborn and opened a classical school for boys. During the American Revolution, he joined the patriot cause and became chairman of the Committee of Correspondence. Samuel Locke died in 1778.
This collection contains Locke's commonplace book, 1775-[1778?], and a single letter addressed to Edward Wigglesworth, 1760.
This document last updated 2015 November 12.