U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 9

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Monday, September 9th.  The nation's oldest institution of higher learning opened on this week in 1636 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  Called the "New College," it opened with a student body of nine.  It was founded by Puritans, who hoped to duplicate the educational standards of Oxford and Cambridge for their sons.  In 1639, the school was renamed in honor of John Harvard, a young minister who bequeathed his library and half his estate to the institution.  Harvard stood alone in the American colonies for a long time — until 1693, when the second institution, the college of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, began teaching.  Today, Harvard is one of about 4,500 U.S. colleges and universities, with an enrollment of more than 19 million students.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  Kane's Famous First Facts, 2925
Statistical Statistics of the United States 2012, t. 280

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau


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