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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.
Between 1746 and 1865, about 40% of Princeton students arrived from the slaveholding South. As college leaders recruited elite southerners, enrollment tracked the geographical spread of the slave economy.
A Southern Family at Princeton College
Princeton’s reputation as a moderately conservative college with a large proportion of southern students attracted the sons of wealthy slave-owning families such as the Joneses of Liberty County, Georgia.
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.
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.