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Jonathan Edwards Sr.
Jonathan Edwards Sr. (1703-58), who served as Princeton’s third president for less than two months, exercised an immense influence on religious and intellectual thought in colonial North America. Though he recognized the cruelty of the slave trade and considered enslaved people his spiritual equals, Edwards himself owned slaves throughout his life and career.
Presbyterian minister Samuel Finley (1715-1766) was one of the College of New Jersey’s founding trustees and its fifth president. Upon his death in 1766, six of his slaves were sold at the President’s House on campus.
A Moment in Nassau Hall
In 1783, four somberly dressed men rode into town to petition Congress: End slavery.
Princeton’s Founding Trustees
A firm majority of Princeton's founding trustees (sixteen out of twenty-three) bought, sold, traded, or inherited slaves during their lifetimes.
The Manumission of Prime
In 1786, an enslaved man named Prime became one of only three enslaved people to be manumitted by act of the New Jersey legislature in exchange for his service during the Revolutionary War.
"Negro Boy" to be sold by Samuel Stanhope Smith
Newspaper advertisement for a slave sale by Professor Samuel Stanhope Smith
"Brandy ... 100 pipes Brandy"
1803 New York Evening Post ad detailing trustee Robert Lenox's goods from around the globe.
1800 Federal Census Entry for Robert Lenox
1800 Federal Census entry for trustee Robert Lenox.
Manumission Papers for Will
1796 manumission papers for Will, a slave bound in service to trustee Charles Ewing's family.
Grave of Jonathan Edwards Sr.
Grave of Princeton president Jonathan Edwards Sr. in the Princeton Cemetery.