- Oakes, Urian, 1631-1681 (Person)
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Oakes was born in Cheshire County, England, in 1631 and emigrated with his family to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640. He attended Harvard College, receiving his A.B. degree in 1649 and serving as a tutor until 1653, when he returned to England. He received a commission as vicar of Titchfield, near Southampton, England, in 1656, where he served until 1662. During this period, Oakes married Ruth Ames, with whom he had four children.
In 1671, Oakes returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to serve as minister of the Congregational church. He also served as a Fellow of Harvard College from 1672 to 1675, when he was appointed president. Following the turbulent presidency of Leonard Hoar, Oakes restored some stability to College life but the regional economic impact of King Phillip’s War left little money for education and the number of students dwindled. Oakes died in office on July 25, 1681.
- Clark, Austin H.
Urian Oakes, Vicar of Titchfield.Harvard Alumni Bulletin (May 15, 1936) : 1016-1017.
- Morison, Samuel Eliot.Harvard College in the Seventeenth Century. Part II. Cambridge, Massachusetts:Harvard University Press,1936.
- Morison, Samuel Eliot.Three Centuries of Harvard.Cambridge, Massachusetts:Harvard University Press,1936.
- Sibley, John Langdon.Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Vol. I, 1642-1658. Cambridge, Massachusetts:Charles William Sever, University Bookstore,1873.
Urian Oakes.Dictionary of American Biography Base Set. American Council of Learned Societies, 1928-1936. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Thomas Gale, 2004.
- 1942 John Carter Brown Library: poem by the Reverend William Adams
- 1948 Austin H. Clark: Oakes' commission as vicar
The digitization of Urian Oakes' papers was made possible in part by generous support from the Sidney Verba Fund.
- Oakes, Urian, 1631-1681. Papers of Urian Oakes : an inventory
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