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New Concord in Muskingum County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

William Rainey Harper

 
 
William Rainey Harper Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 10, 2006
1. William Rainey Harper Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Location. 39° 59.607′ N, 81° 44.088′ W. Marker is in New Concord, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 40) and College Drive on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Concord OH 43762, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this
The Harper Log House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 10, 2006
2. The Harper Log House
This marker can be seen to the right of the door.
marker. Robert Francis Harper (here, next to this marker); New Concord War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); New Concord (within shouting distance of this marker); College Drive Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Glenn (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Concord.
 
Also see . . .
1. Reconsidering William Rainey Harper as "Father of the Junior College". This article provides a short biography of William R. Harper. (Submitted on April 20, 2006.) 

2. A brief history of the University of Chicago. (Submitted on April 20, 2006.)
3. William R. Harper's Elements of Hebrew by an Inductive Method. 1921 book, still in print, available on Amazon.com (Submitted on April 20, 2006.) 
 
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<i>Birthplace of Wm. Rainey Harper, (Muskingum College), New Concord, Ohio, on National Highway</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by the Enterprise Cooperative Co., circa 1935
3. Birthplace of Wm. Rainey Harper, (Muskingum College), New Concord, Ohio, on National Highway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,838 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on January 23, 2015.
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