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Dayton, Jonathan, 1760-1824
Dayton Family Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of selected papers of several members of the Dayton family of Elizabeth, N.J., including Jonathan Dayton (Princeton Class of 1776) and his father, Elias Dayton.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of the papers of the Dayton family of Elizabeth, N.J., and contains works, correspondence, and documents of Jonathan Dayton (Princeton Class of 1776), Elias Dayton, William Dayton, William B. Dayton, and Aaron Ogden Dayton (Princeton Class of 1813.) Jonathan Dayton's material includes sixteen anonymous and confidential letters to James Madison regarding the presidential elections; and several letters to Elias Dayton. Also included is a notebook of Jonathan Dayton which may have originally contained lectures numbered I-XII, of which only lectures X-XII on theology are present; and a deed for land in Morristown, NJ, signed by Dayton. There is an address by Aaron Ogden Dayton to the Princeton University Cliosophic Society, a Fourth of July oration by him, and an eleven-page biographical sketch of him. There are two letters by Elias Dayton which were written during the seige of Yorktown, Pa., in 1781.

Collection Creator Biography:

Dayton, Jonathan, 1760-1824

Jonathan Dayton was a Revolutionary soldier and New Jersey congressman and senator. His father, Elias Dayton, was a storekeeper and Revolutionary brigadier-general.

Collection History

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Dayton Family Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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