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At Harvard, just 28 presidents in close to 400 years

Since its beginnings in the 17th century, Harvard has had just 28 presidents. Its longest-serving president, Charles William Eliot, oversaw the university from 1869 to 1909. Drew Faust was the first female president. Here’s a look at who has run Harvard:

Henry Dunster, 1640-1654

Charles Chauncy: 1654-1672

Leonard Hoar, 1672-1675

Urian Oakes, 1675-1680 (acting president); 1680-1681

John Rogers, 1682-1684

Increase Mather, 1685-1686 (acting president); 1686-1692 (rector); 1692-1701 (president)

John Leverett, 1708-1724

Benjamin Wadsworth, 1725-1737

Edward Holyoke, 1737-1769

Samuel Locke, 1770-1773

Samuel Langdon, 1774-1780

Joseph Willard, 1781-1804

Samuel Webber, 1806-1810

John Thornton Kirkland, 1810-1828

Josiah Quincy, 1829-1845

Edward Everett, 1849-1853

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Jared Sparks, 1849-1853

James Walker, 1853-1860

Cornelius Conway Felton, 1860-1862

Thomas Hill, 1862-1868

Charles William Eliot, 1869-1909

A. Lawrence Lowell, 1909-1933

James Bryant Conant, 1933-1953

Nathan Marsh Pusey, 1953-1971

Derek Bok, 1971-1991; 2006-2007

Neil Rudenstine, 1991-2001

Lawrence Summers, 2001-2006

Drew Gilpin Faust, 2007-present


Felice Belman can be reached at felice.belman@globe.com.