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This Week in Princeton History for April 22-28

By April C. Armstrong *14

In this week’s installment in our recurring series, a student breaks a racial barrier, Dartmouth’s graduating class picks Princeton as their favorite, and more.

April 23, 1968—With his election as president of the Class of 1971, Elliott D. Moorman is said to be the first Black student to hold a class office at Princeton.

Elliot Moorman '71
Elliott Moorman ’71. Photo from 1971 Nassau Herald.

April 25, 1893—The Trenton Times reports that among the hundreds of people who gathered at the coroner’s inquest into the death of John Shann, suspected to have been murdered by his mother for an insurance settlement, were 500 Princeton students, many of whom were “trying to climb in the windows” and “force their way inside.” Mattie Shann stands accused not only of her son’s murder by poisoning, but also the murder of her husband, the attempted murder of her daughter, and arson in connection with three house fires in Princeton.

April 27, 1989—More than 500 students, faculty, and staff participate in a “Day of Dialogue” to discuss issues ranging from the amount of trash generated on campus to the availability of psychotherapy.

April 28, 1917—Members of the graduating class at Dartmouth have selected Princeton as their favorite college after Dartmouth.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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