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This Week in Princeton History for March 4-10

By April C. Armstrong *14

In this week’s installment in our recurring series, a student is disciplined for attempting to woo a woman dishonestly, the proposed new chapel design is controversial, and more.

James Asheton Bayard
James Asheton Bayard, Class of 1797, from Undergraduate Alumni Records 1748-1920 (AC104), Box 42.

March 4, 1797—James Asheton Bayard of Delaware, Class of 1784, begins his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

March 5, 1945—Whitney W. Bangs ’47 dies while being held as a German prisoner of war. He will be buried next to his brother, Frank, who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge a few months earlier.

March 8, 1870—According to the Boston Evening Transcript,

President McCosh has unearthed a Princeton student, who, under an assumed name, was conducting a correspondence with a lady at school. The young man was arraigned before the Faculty, was reprimanded, and “advised to go home and repent for having tampered with the affections of a young lady.”

March 9, 1922—Frustrated by the ongoing controversies surrounding the design of the new Princeton University Chapel, a member of the Class of 1914 writes to offer a proposed solution,

I suggest that some nice, big cave be dug, conveniently near the campus, and daily and Sunday chapel services be held there, in the true manner of the catacombs of Rome circa 35 A.D. Lest any of our more patriotic alumni think that this would show us as too greatly influenced by foreign ideals, the cave could be tastily draped in red, white and blue bunting.

Princeton University Chapel
Princeton University Chapel, May 29, 1928. Associated Press photo. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box MP30, Image No. 744.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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