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This statue of John Harvard, founder of Harvard, is on Harvard's campus. The inscription on the statue reads "John Harvard, founder, 1638". The statue was cast in 1884, and currently stands in front of University Hall.
So, here are the "Three Lies":
- It's not a likeness of John Harvard. The statue was cast in 1884, and no one had (or has today either) any images of what John Harvard looked like.
- Well, I lied above, and John Harvard did not found Harvard.
- Harvard was founded in 1636, not 1638.
The statue is a popular stop on tours through Harvard, nonetheless!