The Harvard Gazette reports, "In the spring of 1840, the senior class at Harvard College numbered 46 — mischievous “boys,” complained one of them years later, who were often considered “culprits” under the presidency of tough-minded Josiah Quincy III, a former police magistrate and mayor of Boston.
That same high-spirited spring produced a new organization that is still blooming today: the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), which turned 175 last year.
At the association’s founding five years after College’s 200th anniversary, Harvard was emerging from its past as a training ground for ministers to a present that would soon minister to the world. Graduating classes numbered fewer than 100, a high mark only reached by the Class of 1860. Even the nascent alumni group soon served as an outsized convening force for fellowship and good works..."
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