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J. Havens Richards was born November 8, 1851 in Columbus, Ohio. His father Henry Richards, an ordained Episcopalian minister, converted to Catholicism shortly after his son's birth. Havens attended Boston College where he showed marked interest and ability in the sciences, especially physics. He entered the Society after graduation, in 1872. Immediately following his third year probation in 1888, he was named the thirtieth president of Georgetown College.
Richards' term as president of Georgetown, which lasted until 189 was marked by significant accomplishments and disappointments. His attempts to mold Georgetown into a university were threatened by the creation of the Catholic University of America in 1888. Richards' plans to expand the College's graduate programs in law and medicine were in direct opposition to Rome's decisions to continue Georgetown's undergraduate programs while limiting the existence of graduate programs to Catholic University. Nevertheless, Richards succeeded in expanding the two schools, both quantitatively and qualitatively. The physical dimensions of the campus also grew with the completion of the Healy building and the construction of the law building, the hospital, and Dahlgren Chapel. After leaving Georgetown in 1898, Richards was stationed at Frederick, Los Gatos in California, Boston College, and Poughkeepsie in New York. He died in 1923.
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