This Week in Princeton History for March 23-29

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the Blair Tower clock gets a sophomore makeover, students give Grover Cleveland a birthday present, and more.

March 23, 1899—Poet John Whitcomb Riley, whose best known work, “Little Orphant [sic] Annie,” has continued to inspire numerous other artists, gives a poetry reading in Alexander Hall.

March 24, 1985—A group of sophomores decorate the Blair Tower clock’s face with Mickey Mouse.


Photo from Daily Princetonian.

March 25, 1971—Princeton University president Robert Goheen ’40 announces his resignation, having overseen many significant changes to the school, including the initiation of coeducation.

March 26, 1907—Princeton students march to the home of former U.S. President Grover Cleveland to present him with a gold loving cup in honor of his seventieth birthday.


Last photo of Grover Cleveland, age 70, Grover Cleveland Collection (AC348), Box 1.

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