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This Week in Princeton History for September 5-11

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, marriage poses risk of expulsion for a junior, George Washington’s nephew is asked to leave town, and more.

September 5, 1997—Just before Princeton University’s undergraduates return for classes, Woolworth’s closes its doors permanently. After 65 years of relying on the five-and-dime, students will have to find new places to buy dorm furnishings, school supplies, toiletries, and novelty decorations.

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One of many items available at Woolworth’s five-and-dime store was this inflatable Easter bunny in 1983. Photo from the Daily Princetonian.

September 6, 1951—Harry R. Harwood ’53, a junior, gets married without permission from the Dean of Students and thus risks expulsion.

Harry Ramsdell Harwood, 1953 Nassau Herald.

September 7, 1797—George Washington Custis, Class of 1799 and nephew of U.S. President George Washington, is suspended from Princeton for “various acts of meanness” and is asked to leave town. He will never return.

September 10, 1761—John Bacon (Class of 1765) sets sail from Boston to begin his voyage to Princeton, where he will earn his A.B. He carries letters of introduction with him to attest to his sobriety and studiousness, as well as five quarts of rum.

Inventory of items (other than books and clothing) John Bacon (Class of 1765) brought with him to Princeton from Boston in 1761 as printed in Scribner’s Magazine, March 1877. Scribner’s speculated that the rum and lemons were probably medicinal.

For last week’s installment in this series, click here.

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