William Rainey Harper

William Rainey Harper (HM18C)

Location: New Concord, OH 43762 Muskingum County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 59.607', W 81° 44.088'

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Birthplace of William Rainey Harper, 1856-1906. This log house, constructed by blacksmith Joseph McKinney, was the birthplace of William Rainey Harper. The son of Scotch-Irish settlers, Harper graduated from Muskingum College at the age of 14, giving his valedictory address in Hebrew. A gifted scholar, Harper earned a Ph.D. in Semitic languages from Yale University at the age of 19. He was a nationally-known Biblical scholar, lecturer and author. Harper's vision of higher education led him to found the University of Chicago, a European-style university committed to freedom of intellectual inquiry. His views were shared by John D. Rockefeller who financed the institution. Harper served as president of the University of Chicago from 1891 until his death in 1906.
HM NumberHM18C
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 2:44am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 437271 N 4427288
Decimal Degrees39.99345000, -81.73480000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 59.607', W 81° 44.088'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 59' 36.42" N, 81° 44' 5.28" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 22 W Main St, New Concord OH 43762, US
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