This Week in Princeton History for January 10-16

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a sophomore travels to Washington to call his family in Togo, bicycles are banned on town streets, and more.

January 10, 1912—In response to an article by William Bayard Hale in The World’s Work that claimed to reveal the “inside story” of Princeton, the Princeton Alumni Weekly writes, “We are not informed whether Mr. Hale has ever visited Princeton, but we guess he must have been a passenger in the aeroplane that hovered over the Harvard-Princeton football game, and that he got his ‘inside story’ of our ancient university steeped in sumptuous luxury from a distant view of Nassau Hall and the Holder Tower.”

January 12, 2006—Chanakya Sethi ’07 appears on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to explain why some people are troubled by Samuel Alito’s prior affiliation with the Concerned Alumni of Princeton.

Cover of the Concerned Alumni of Princeton’s Prospect magazine, Summer 1981. Princeton University Publications Collection (AC364), Box 16.

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From the Archives: Princeton and the Supreme Court

Journalists and pundits are noting that Elena Kagan’s

confirmation to the Supreme Court last week marks the first time three women have served concurrently on

the high court. However, Kagan’s confirmation marks another historic

occasion — the first time in 168 years that three Princetonians have shared

the bench.

While 2010’s trio consists of Samuel Alito ‘ 72, Sonia

Sotomayor ’76, and Elena Kagan ’81, the 1842 trio consisted of Smith Thompson

‘1788, Peter V. Daniel ‘1805, and James Moore Wayne ‘1808.


Justices Thompson

‘1788 (Undergraduate Alumni Records), Daniel ‘1805 (Dickinson University’s House Divided Project), and Wayne ‘1808 (Library of Congress).

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