Harvard University

Harvard has a famous rowing program because of its long standing participation in the sport and the Harvard-Yale Race, which started in 1852.  In 1896, Harvard came to Poughkeepsie as  a result of an agreement to row freshman and varsity 8 races with Columbia University.  Rather than row a separate regatta, these races were incorporated into the IRA regatta, making the regatta a two race event.  Harvard came second to Cornell in both races in 1896.  Harvard returned in 1897 along with Yale, finishing second in the freshman race and third in the varsity. They would not return to the Hudson River to participate in the Poughkeepsie Regatta.

Harvard's coaches during the Poughkeepsie Regatta included:

Rudolph C. Lehmann (1896-1898)

Freshman/Assistant Coaches

Victories on the Hudson River in:


Crew Quarters at Poughkeepsie/Highland:

Eastman Villa

Further Reading:

Red Top: Reminiscences of Harvard Rowing by Robert F. Herrick

The Harvard-Yale  Boat Race, 1852-1924: The Coming of Sport to the American College by Thomas Corwin Mendenhall

Twenty Harvard Crews by George Saltonstall Mumford

The Story of the Harvard-Yale Race, 1852-1912 by James Wellman and Walter B. Peet

Additional Resources:

Harvard University Student Newspaper--The Harvard Crimson

Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection Crew