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Jonathan Edwards Jr.
Jonathan Edwards Jr. (1746-1801), the son of early America’s preeminent theologian and Princeton’s third president, strongly opposed slavery throughout his life and career as a minister—becoming a leading antislavery activist of the 18th century and one of the few abolitionists Princeton ever produced.
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.
Jonathan Dickinson, a prominent figure in the Great Awakening of the mid-18th century, served as Princeton’s first president. Genny, an enslaved girl he purchased in 1733, may have worked beside him and his students in the college’s earliest years.
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.
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.
"An Address to Americans, upon Slave-Keeping"
Antislavery essay by Jonathan Edwards Jr. (class of 1763), published in New Haven, Connecticut.
Response to Effigy Burning
A response to the burning of effigies at the College of New Jersey, printed in the Columbian Register of New Haven.