Biography and History

Eli "Giff" Gifford '37 (fullname: Eli Garfield Gifford) was class president of the Princeton Class of 1937. He was an avid follower of Princeton wrestling, and his brother Joseph Tomlinson Gifford '39 was a varsity wrestler prior to his death in a car crash in his senior year. In memory of Joe Gifford '39 the Gifford Trophy is awarded each year to the Princeton wrestler who has scored the most points in competition.

Source: From the finding aid for AC300

  • Gifford Princeton Wrestling scrapbooks collection. 1934-1939 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC300

    Eli "Giff" Gifford '37 (full name: Eli Garfield Gifford) was class president of the Princeton Class of 1937. He was an avid follower of Princeton wrestling, and his brother Joseph Tomlinson Gifford '39 was a varsity wrestler prior to his death in a car crash in his senior year. The collection consists of three scrapbooks containing clippings about the Princeton wrestling team.