This Week in Princeton History for November 7-13

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a senior visits the U.S. President, a junior achieves football fame, and more.

November 7, 1878—Students “respectfully protest against having recitations and lectures on election day.”

November 9, 1937—Fumitaka Konoye ’38 visits U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to deliver a goodwill message from his father, Prince Fumimaro Konoye, Premier of Japan.

Fumitaka Konoye ’38, ca. 1930s (alternative spelling: Fumitaka Konoe). Undergraduate Alumni Records (AC199).

November 10, 1831—The winter session begins with 42 new students. More are expected. The Charleston Courier will respond to this development, “The prospects of this venerable institution appear to be brightening every year.”

November 12, 1898—In what will later be dubbed “Poe’s Run,” Arthur “Art” Poe takes the ball from a Yale player and runs 90 yards to score the game’s only points. Princeton beats Yale 6 to 0. It is the first of two dramatic victories Poe will secure for Princeton over Yale, inspiring poetry, art, and sports journalists for decades to follow.

Arthur “Art” Poe (Class of 1900) in his football uniform, 1899. Historical Photograph Collection, Alumni Photographs Series (AC058), Box SP21.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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