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This Week in Princeton History for October 23-29

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, new streets have familiar names, student voting is a subject of controversy, and more.

October 23, 1895—Streets that surround the new lots east of the athletic fields have been given “well known Princeton names.”

Map of the northeastern corner of Princeton University's campus and surrounding streets
This section of an 1898 map of Princeton, New Jersey, shows the new streets formed in 1895 to surround lots east of the athletic grounds: Aiken Avenue (for Charles Augustus Aiken, who had taught both at the College of New Jersey (as Princeton University was named until 1896) and Princeton Theological Seminary), Patton Avenue (for Frances Landley Patton, then president of the College), and Princeton Avenue. Historic Maps Collection, Rare Books (Firestone Library).

October 25, 1843—The Buffalo Commercial Advertiser takes issue with the coverage of Princeton students in another newspaper:

Several of the students at Princeton College voted the Whig ticket in the recent election, as they had a right to. The Trenton Emporium taunts them with being ‘charity scholars, with having no interest in our institutions and soil;’ and, to cap the climax of its insolence and outrage upon common civility, this Loco Foco organ publishes the names of these students, that ‘our Democratic brethren may know them when they go out to seek employment’!

This is a fair specimen of Van Buren democracy throughout the Union. Intelligent, educated young men are to be proscribed–their names published on a Loco Foco black list…

October 28, 1971—Politics professor Richard A. Falk risks a contempt of court citation for refusing to appear before a grand jury in Boston in connection with the leak of the Pentagon Papers.

October 29, 1930—A pep rally gets out of hand, students riot, and the “Christian Student” statue (which is later to be renamed the “Princeton Student”) is destroyed. In response, Dean Christian Gauss will suspend 42 students, making national headlines.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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