Statue of John Harvard in Harvard Yard. Tour guides tell visitors that statue is also known as "Statue of Three Lies". Lie # 1: This is not John Harvard's face; no picture or statue of John Harvard survived. Lie # 2: John Harvard was not founder of Harvard University; it was founded two years prior to being renamed Harvard in 1638. Lie # 3: The inscription says that Harvard was founded in 1638; in fact, it was founded two years earlier.