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This Week in Princeton History for July 10-16

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a crime against a young alum draws national attention, an activist lambastes Princeton students, and more.

Lisa Bryant in a cheerleading uniform that reads "TIGERS"
Lisa Bryant ’93. Undergraduate Alumni Records (AC199).

July 10, 1993—At Fort Bragg, Lt. Lisa Bryant ’93 turns down multiple invitations to dance with Sgt. 1st Class Ervin M. Graves and asks him to leave her alone. In response, he attacks her. Bryant’s murder will make national headlines.

July 11, 1903—Union organizer Mother Jones, leader of an “army” of mill children protesting against child labor by marching from Philadelphia to New York, stops in Princeton for lunch. She tells students,

What are your young men at Princeton but a lot of ‘bums,’ who think they know more than the President of the United States. They are wasting money on education which will do no good. They money ought to go to organized labor.

She will be quoted in the Baltimore American.

July 12, 1820—In the probably fictionalized confession written on his deathbed, David Lewis, the “Robin Hood of Pennsylvania,” says he spent several days in Princeton conning students out of their money in disingenuous schemes.

I cannot reflect upon my Princeton adventures without remarking the very improper conduct of parents and guardians in furnishing the youth at colleges with such liberal supplies of money, as is generally done.

July 13, 1855—An observer who recently attended Commencement notes that Nassau Hall is undergoing repairs following a fire a few weeks ago, so visitors are limited to the East and West Colleges. The campus has two other structures for the Cliosophic and American Whig Societies, but “outsiders are never, under any circumstances, permitted to enter the buildings.”

Cliosophic Hall with Whig Hall in the background and a few people standing nearby
Cliosophic Hall with Whig Hall in the background, 1860. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box MP34, Image 940.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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