- Series 8: Ashbel Green Records
Series 8: Ashbel Green Records
This collection is stored at Mudd Manuscript Library.
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Collection Creator: Princeton University. Office of the President..
Extent: 17 folders
Materials generated by the office of the president are closed for 40 years from the date of their creation. Some records relating to personnel or students are closed for longer periods of time.
Ashbel Green was born in 1762 in Hanover, New Jersey, the son of Jacob Green, a Presbyterian minister and a trustee of the College of New Jersey. Green studied under his father until the age of sixteen, before becoming a revolutionary soldier in 1778. He returned home in 1781 to prepare for college, and the following year he entered the junior class of the College of New Jersey. He graduated in 1783, delivering his class' valedictory before George Washington and other members of the Continental Congress. He remained at the College as a tutor and then as a professor of mathematics and natural philosophy until he received his license to preach in 1786, whereupon he assumed the role of junior pastor at the Second Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. The year before he had married Elizabeth Stockton, a member of one of Princeton's most prominent families. In 1792 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the University of Pennsylvania and was elected chaplain to the United States Congress. He was re-elected to this position several times until 1800, when Congress moved to Washington, D.C. Green returned to the College of New Jersey as its president in 1812 and held office until 1822, emphasizing religion and discipline. During his tenure, he was part of the planning committee for the Princeton Theological Seminary, and he remained closely associated with the Seminary until his death in 1848. He resigned the presidency in 1822 over differences with the Board of Trustees, returning to Philadelphia to become editor of the Christian Advocate.
This series is arranged topically and contains biographical information, writings, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and Green's valedictory oration. Among Green's records are a photocopy of his letter of resignation, an original letter of recommendation for one of his students, a document written during his own student days, an account of the student unrest that shook the College in 1817, and three original letters that were sent to Green in 1815 and 1816. The first is from a student, and the others are about students. Biographical information comes from a variety of publications, including the Princeton Alumni Weekly, the New York Observer, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, among others. Portraits of Green are also included in this series.
Series 8: Ashbel Green Records; 1782-1985; Office of the President Records : Jonathan Dickinson to Harold W. Dodds Subgroup, Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.