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History of the Presidency

Claudine Gay at a desk

Term of office: 2023-present

Claudine Gay

Claudine Gay took office as the 30th President of Harvard University on July 1, 2023.

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Past Presidents

1900s1800s | 1700s | 1600s


Students ringing the bells above Lowell House.

What’s in a name?

Lowell House

Named for Harvard President Abbott Lawrence Lowell and his family, the Lowell House, constructed in 1930, is home to a collection of 17 Russian bells, which were given as a gift in 1930.

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Two people walking past Kirkland house.

What’s in a name?

Kirkland House

Named for John Thornton Kirkland, who served as President of Harvard from 1810 to 1828, an important period of growth and expansion for the College.

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Wadsworth house

What’s in a name?

Wadsworth House

Named for Harvard President Benjamin Wadsworth, Wadsworth House is the second oldest building at Harvard. General George Washington set up his first Massachusetts headquarters in the house while in command of the Revolutionary troops.

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The library of Dunster House

What’s in a name?

Dunster House

Named in honor of Henry Dunster, who became the first president of Harvard College immediately after his arrival in the Colony of Massachusetts Bay in 1640. When he left the College in 1654, it had become a well-established institution.

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