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Hunter, Andrew, 1751 or 1752-1823
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Andrew Hunter Family Collection
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 correspondence and documents of both Andrew Hunter, an early nineteenth-century Princeton professor of mathematics and astronomy, and his clergyman uncle of the same name.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected correspondence and documents of both Andrew Hunter and his uncle, Rev. Andrew Hunter. The correspondence includes a letter from Rev. Andrew Hunter to Enoch Green, a letter from Andrew Hunter to his brother David about the deaths of their sister and their niece, a communication to Elijah Clark, and four letters to his son, Richard S. Hunter, one about the movement of troops in Washington during the War of 1812, and one about the subsequent burning of the Capitol and the president's house. The documents include an account of the estate sale of the Rev. Andrew Hunter and several deeds of sale (1770s) of properties in Princeton, N.J., to Andrew Hunter.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hunter, Andrew, 1751 or 1752-1823

Andrew Hunter was born in York County, Pennsylvania., but was adopted by his uncle, the Rev. Andrew Hunter, a New Jersey pastor. In 1770 Andrew Hunter entered the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) as a junior, and he graduated in 1772. He studied theology under his uncle, served in the army, had a distinguished record, and received the personal thanks of George Washington for his conduct in the Battle of Monmouth in the Revolutionary War. In 1788 he was elected trustee of the College of New Jersey, and in 1804 he became professor of mathematics and astronomy there.

Collection History


The deeds and the letter to Richard S. Hunter were gifts of Miss Sarah Hunter in 1925 and 1955 .

The communication to Elijah Clark was a gift of George A. Starr on Nov. 17, 1964 .

The letter to David Hunter was purchased in March 1942 .

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

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:

Andrew Hunter Family Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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