Princeton University Founded
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Founder
New Light Presbyterians
Time Period
1746
Description
Princeton University was founded in 1746. Originally known as the College of New Jersey, and located in the town of Elizabeth, it had connections with New Light Presbyterians and the ministerial training of William Tennent's "Log College" at the time, although the education was much broader than the strictly religious training of the "Log College." The university influenced the development of the 19th century Christian college, as Princeton graduates modeled other colleges in the South and the West after Princeton. In 1756, it relocated to Princeton, New Jersey, and quickly gained a reputation for training public leaders in America (e.g., one-sixth of the 1787 Constitutional Convention graduated from Princeton). The university influenced both the religious and political development of the early United States.

Today, Princeton is known as one of the oldest and most prestigious educational institutions in the nation.
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Religious Groups
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Biographies
Davies, Samuel
Photographs

Nassau Hall, Princeton University- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Smallbones

Princeton College, Princeton NJ- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-pga-03359

Jonathan Dickinson, co-founder and first president of Princeton- Hathi Trust- from Princeton Sketches by George R. Wallace

Whig and Clio Halls, Princeton University- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-18253

Alexander Hall, Princeton University- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Quantockgoblin
Book/Journal Source(s)
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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