Harvard was established in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A in 1636. It is considered to be one of the most illustrious universities in the world. It currently boasts more than 323,000 living alumni: over 271,000 in the USA and nearly 52,000 in some 201 other countries.
Kingsley Porter graduated from Yale University in 1904 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, receiving the highest award of philosophical oration. During 1915, Kingsley began teaching at Yale, his alma mater, where his family had studied since the 1840s. In March 1920, Porter was appointed Professor of Fine Arts at Harvard. He was delighted with the appointment that began in the autumn of 1921.

Kingsley and Lucy Porter purchased Elmwood in 1922, a colonial mansion located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just a half mile from the Harvard campus. It had been built in 1767 and was the former home of the Vice President of the United States, Elbridge Gerry. It had also been occupied by the renowned poet, James Russell Lowell.
Although the Porters used the house mainly as a private residence, Kingsley also taught some of his advanced courses on the first floor. His lectures were given to small groups of no more than a dozen students. He inspired his pupils’ love of learning and, in return, he gained their admiration and respect. When Lucy Porter died in 1962 Elmwood was bequeathed to Harvard. It is now the home of the President of Harvard.

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