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Princeton's Slaveholding Professors
Many faculty members at the College of New Jersey owned slaves during the first century of the college’s history.
The Slaves of John Maclean Sr.
Lydia, Sal, and Charles were enslaved people who lived in early 19th-century Princeton. John Maclean Sr., a Princeton professor and the father of one of the college’s future presidents, owned all three.
Slavery in the Curriculum
John Witherspoon and Samuel Stanhope Smith’s curriculum emphasized Scottish moral philosophy, providing early Princeton students with a new philosophical framework for opposing slavery even as pro-slavery apologists used the same philosophical concepts to defend the practice of owning slaves.
Albert Baldwin Dod (1805-1845) was a Princeton professor and a slaveholder at the time of the 1840 census.
Of Princeton's more than 160 endowed professorships and lectureships, four honor men who derived their fortunes from slave labor or contributed to the legacy of slavery in New Jersey and the United States.
Henry Kollock's Property Record
Professor Henry Kollock’s 1815 Land Tax and Property Record.
Portrait of Joseph Henry
An early daguerreotype of Professor Joseph Henry.
Portrait of Professor Walter Minto, who endowed a prize for the best dissertation on “the unlawfulness & impolicy of African slavery, & the best means of abolishing it in the United States, & of promoting the happiness of free negroes.”
Alexander T. Ormond
Photograph of Professor Alexander T. Ormond, who taught several African American graduate students during the late 19th century.
Database of Endowed Professorships
A database listing Princeton professorships endowed before 1890, or those which honor someone who lived before that time.