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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.
The Civil War Comes to Princeton in 1861
Tensions between Unionist and Secessionist students reached their peak in 1861, shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War.
Princeton Theological Seminary and Slavery
Princeton Theological Seminary’s 19th century faculty and students encountered enslaved people as a familiar part of life. Though early leaders of the seminary owned slaves and largely failed to condemn the institution of slavery, some notable alumni—including the first African American man to graduate from a theological seminary in the United States—became prominent antislavery activists.
The Walter Lowrie House
The 19th-century residents of the historic Walter Lowrie House, John P. Stockton and Paul Tulane, were prominent Princeton residents with connections to southern slavery and the Confederacy. The Lowrie House now serves as the official residence of the president of Princeton University.
John Anthony Simmons
John Anthony Simmons (1802-1868) was a former slave, abolitionist, businessman, philanthropist, and prominent member of the Princeton community.
Nassau Hall ca. 1860
Lithograph of Nassau Hall.
"The Early Bootlick Gets the Grade"
Excerpt from an 1860 play mocking an abolitionist, published in the Nassau Rake.
Bust of Joseph Caldwell
Image of a bust of Joseph Caldwell for his biography. Caldwell was a College of New Jersey graduate and the first president of the University of North Carolina (UNC) where, “all things were fashioned after the model of Princeton College.”
Jonathan Edwards Sr.
Portrait of Jonathan Edwards Sr., Princeton's third president.
James C. Johnson circa 1860
Photograph of former slave James Collins Johnson.