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This Week in Princeton History for October 9-15

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a future Princeton University president’s education is interrupted by war, Southern students weigh in on segregation, and more.

October 9, 1845—According to the Boston Recorder, “Several horses have died recently at Princeton, N.J., in consequence of eating ‘musty oats.’”

October 10, 1941—Graduate student Robert F. Goheen ’40 *48 is drafted and will head to Fort Dix.

Card with photo of Robert Goheen giving directory information and listing his progress through graduate school. It notes: 
1940-41 Junior Fellow in Classics
1941-45 Served in the United States Army - Lieutenant Colonel
1945-46 Isabelle Kemp Fellow; Part-time Instructor in Classics
1946-47 John Howell Wescott Fellow in Classics - withdrew February 5, 1947
Feb.-June 1947 Instructor in Classics, Princeton University
1947-48 Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellow in Classics
1948- Instructor in Classics at Princeton University
Graduate scholastic card for future Princeton University president Robert Francis Goheen ’40 *48 showing that he began his graduate studies in 1940, but served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945. Graduate Alumni Records (AC105), Box 106.

October 14, 1963—A Daily Princetonian poll finds that 78% of Southern and border state students oppose segregation, but 67.4% also agree with the statement, “the Negro is asking for too much change too soon.”

October 15, 1930—Franklin Delano Roosevelt, governor of New York, writes to Princeton students to urge them to consider careers in public service.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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