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Princeton and Mississippi
Princeton students and their families lived in the Mississippi area decades before statehood in 1817. From the 1790s to the Civil War, Mississippians at the College of New Jersey came from elite families who built their wealth on cotton and slave labor.
Princeton and the New Jersey Colonization Society
More than half of the officers and founding members of the New Jersey Colonization Society were Princeton affiliates.
The Potter Family of Prospect and Palmer Houses
Prospect House and Palmer House, both now University properties, have deep links to the Potters—a slaveholding family with strong ties to Georgia as well as to Princeton and the College of New Jersey.
Lincoln and the Election of 1860
Princeton students engaged in heated debates over slavery during the contentious 1860 election, in which New Jersey was the only northern state where Abraham Lincoln lost the popular vote.
Although Princeton president Ashbel Green condemned slavery on moral grounds, his religious convictions did not keep him from owning or hiring enslaved people himself—including at least three who lived and worked in his house on campus.
An 1849 image of the Edgehill School in Princeton.
Map of the United States of America
The British Provinces, Mexico, the West Indies and Central America, with part of New Grenada and Venezuela.
Portrait of John Potter (1765-1849), a Southern slaveholder who purchased the Prospect estate in 1824.
John C. Breckinridge during the Mexican-American War
Photograph of Major John C. Breckinridge in US Army Uniform during the Mexican-American War.