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Princeton Students Attempt to Lynch an Abolitionist
In September 1835, a crowd of students descended on Princeton’s African American neighborhood to apprehend an abolitionist. The assault underscored the presence on campus of a large number of students committed to slavery and white supremacy.
Albert Baldwin Dod (1805-1845) was a Princeton professor and a slaveholder at the time of the 1840 census.
Princeton's Slaveholding Professors
Many faculty members at the College of New Jersey owned slaves during the first century of the college’s history.
James Carnahan, the College of New Jersey’s longest-serving president (1823-1854), was a slave-owner and a director of the American Colonization Society of New Jersey. Records show that Carnahan owned slaves in 1820, just before assuming the presidency, and that free African Americans resided in his household into the 1850s.
Princeton's Antebellum Boarding House Culture
Between 1832 and 1863, more than 1,000 students lived in off-campus boarding houses while attending the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Certain boarding houses catered to large numbers of southern students.
1840 Slavery Census
The 1840 Federal Census for Princeton, showing the local slave population.
Census Record for Albert Dod
Household records of professor and slaveholder Albert Dod in the 1840 US census.
Robert F. Stockton
Engraved portrait of Robert F. Stockton, an officer in the United States Navy who acquired the territory that would become Liberia on behalf of the American Colonization Society in 1821.
Lewis C. Gunn
A portrait of seminary student and abolitionist Lewis C. Gunn with his young son.
Stephen Alexander, who joined the Princeton faculty as an astronomy professor in 1840.
Princeton & Slavery: The Scientist’s Assistant
Princeton Alumni Weekly, 11/8/17
Famed professor Joseph Henry had an indispensable helper in his lab: a free black man, Sam Parker.