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This Week in Princeton History for September 16-22
In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a longstanding but dangerous tradition comes to an end, a sophomore writes to his mother about attending Aaron Burr’s funeral, and more.
September 21, 1836—James W. Abert, Class of 1838, writes to his mother, Ellen M. Abert, about recent events on campus: “Last week we were called to attend the funeral of a fellow Cliosophian and one of the greatest benefactors to the society, Aaron Burr.”
September 22, 1886—The Princetonianobserves that of the incoming Class of 1890, at least 8 came from west of the Rocky Mountains. “We have reason to congratulate ourselves that from the present outlook everything is in a fair way to make our college a university.”
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