Princeton, New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
Nassau Street, Princeton's main street
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||January 1, 2013|
|• Mayor||Liz Lempert (D, term ends December 31, 2020)|
|• Administrator||Marc D. Dashield|
|• Municipal clerk||Linda McDermott|
|• Total||18.363 sq mi (47.560 km2)|
|• Land||17.933 sq mi (46.444 km2)|
|• Water||0.430 sq mi (1.115 km2) 2.34%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,600/sq mi (600/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||609 |
Princeton is a municipality with a borough form of government in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, that was established in its current form on January 1, 2013, through the consolidation of the Borough of Princeton and Princeton Township. As of the 2010 United States Census, the municipality's population was 28,572, reflecting the former township's population of 16,265, along with the 12,307 in the former borough.
Princeton was founded before the American Revolution. It is the home of Princeton University, which bears its name and moved to the community in 1756 from its previous location in Newark. Although its association with the university is primarily what makes Princeton a college town, other important institutions in the area include the Institute for Advanced Study, Westminster Choir College, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton Theological Seminary, Opinion Research Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Siemens Corporate Research, SRI International, FMC Corporation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Amrep, Church and Dwight, Berlitz International, and Dow Jones & Company.
Princeton is roughly equidistant from New York City and Philadelphia. It is close to many major highways that serve both cities (e.g. Interstate 95 and US Route 1), and receives major television and radio broadcasts from each. It is also close to Trenton, New Jersey's capital city, and Edison.
The New Jersey governor's official residence has been in Princeton since 1945, when Morven in what was then Princeton Borough became the first Governor's mansion. It was later replaced by the larger Drumthwacket, a colonial mansion located in the former Township. Morven became a museum property of the New Jersey Historical Society.
Princeton was ranked 15th of the top 100 towns in the United States to Live and Work In by Money magazine in 2005. Throughout much of its history, the community was composed of two separate municipalities: a township and a borough. The central borough was completely surrounded by the township. The borough seceded from the township in 1894 in a dispute over school taxes; the two municipalities later formed the Princeton Public Schools, and some other public services were conducted together before they were reunited into a single Princeton in January 2013. Princeton Borough contained Nassau Street, the main commercial street, most of the University campus, and incorporated most of the urban area until the postwar suburbanization. The borough and township had roughly equal populations.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government and politics
- 5 Climate
- 6 Education
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Sister cities
- 9 Notable people
- 10 Princeton in popular culture
- 11 Points of interest
- 12 Local media
- 13 References
- 14 Sources
- 15 External links
The Lenni Lenape Native Americans were the earliest identifiable inhabitants of the Princeton area. Europeans founded their settlement in the late part of the 17th century. The first European to find his home in the boundaries of the future town was Henry Greenland. He built his house in 1683 along with a tavern. In this drinking hole representatives of West Jersey and East Jersey met to set boundaries for the location of the township.
Originally, Princeton was known only as part of nearby Stony Brook. Nathaniel Fitz Randolph, a native of the town, attested in his private journal on December 28, 1758, that Princeton was named in 1724 upon the making/construction of the first house in the area by James Leonard, who first referred to the town as Princetown when describing the location of his large estate in his diary. The town bore a variety of names subsequently, including: Princetown, Prince's Town and finally Princeton. Although there is no official documentary backing, the town is considered to be named after King William III, Prince William of Orange of the House of Nassau. Another theory suggests that the name came from a large land-owner named Henry Prince, but no evidence backs this contention. A royal prince seems a more likely eponym for the settlement, as three nearby towns had similar names: Kingston, Queenstown (in the vicinity of the intersection of Nassau and Harrison Streets) and Princessville (Lawrence Township).
When Richard Stockton, one of the founders of the township, died in 1709 he left his estate to his sons, who helped to expand property and the population. Based on the 1880 United States Census, the population of the town comprised 3,209 persons (not including students). Local population has expanded from the nineteenth century. According to the 2010 Census, Princeton Borough had 12,307 inhabitants, while Princeton Township had 16,265. The numbers have become stagnant; since the establishment of Princeton University in 1756, the town's population spikes every year during the fall and winter and drops significantly over the course of the summer.
Aside from housing the university of the same name, the settlement suffered the revolutionary Battle of Princeton in 1777, when George Washington forced the British to evacuate southern New Jersey. After the victory, the town hosted the first Legislature under the State Constitution to decide the State's seal, Governor and organization of its government. In addition, two of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence—Richard Stockton and John Witherspoon lived in Princeton. Princetonians honored their citizens' legacy by naming two streets in the downtown area after them.
On January 10, 1938 Henry Ewing Hale called for a group of citizens to discuss opening a "Historical Society of Princeton." Later the Bainbridge House would be dedicated for this purpose. Previously the house was used once for a meeting of Continental Congress in 1783, a general office, and as the Princeton Public Library. The House is owned by Princeton University and is leased to the Princeton Historical Society for one dollar per year. The house has kept its original staircase, flooring and paneled walls. Around 70% of the house has been unaltered. Aside from safety features such as wheelchair access and electrical work, the house was has been restored to its original look.
During the most stirring events in its history, Princeton was a wide spot in the road; the boundary between Somerset County and Middlesex County ran right through Princeton, along the high road between New York and Philadelphia, now Nassau Street. When Mercer County was formed in 1838, part of West Windsor Township was added to the portion of Montgomery Township which was included in the new county, and made into Princeton Township; the area between the southern boundary of the former Borough and the Delaware and Raritan Canal was added to Princeton Township in 1853. Princeton Borough became a separate municipality in 1894.
In the early nineteenth century, New Jersey boroughs had been parish bodies, chartered within existing townships. Princeton Borough received such a charter in 1813, as part of Montgomery and West Windsor Townships; it continued to be part of Princeton Township until the Act of 1894, which required that each township form a single school district; rather than do so, Princeton Borough petitioned to be separated. (Before consolidation, the two Princetons shared a combined public school system.) Two minor boundary changes united the then site of the Princeton Hospital and of the Princeton Regional High School inside the Borough, in 1928 and 1951 respectively.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Princeton has a total area of 18.363 square miles (68.041 km2), including 17.932 square miles (46.444 km2) of land (97.65%) and 0.431 square miles (1.115 km2) of water (2.35%).
Cedar Grove, Port Mercer, North Princeton, Princeton Basin, and Jugtown are unincorporated communities that have been absorbed into Greater Princeton over the years, but still maintain their own community identity.
Princeton borders Hopewell Township, Lawrence and West Windsor Townships in Mercer County; Plainsboro Township and South Brunswick Township in Middlesex County; and Franklin Township and Montgomery Township in Somerset County.
|Population sources: 2010|
According to the website Data USA, Princeton has a population of 30,168 people, of which 85% are US citizens. The ethnic composition of the population is 20,393 White residents (67.6%), 4,636 Asian residents (15.4%), 2,533 Hispanic residents (8.4%), 1,819 Black residents (6.03%), and 618 Two+ residents (2.05%). The most common foreign languages are Chinese (1,800 speakers), Spanish (1,429 speakers) and French (618 speakers), but compared to other places, Princeton has a relative high number of Scandinavian (425 speakers), Italian (465 speakers) and Chinese (1,800 speakers).
Government and politics
Princeton is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Princeton, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
The Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office, serves as the borough's chief executive officer and nominates appointees to various boards and commissions subject to approval of the Borough Council. The Mayor presides at the Borough Council meetings and votes in the case of a tie or a few other specific cases. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Council has administrative powers and is the policy-making body of the Borough. The Council approves appointments made by the Mayor. Council Members serve on various boards and committees and act as liaisons to certain Departments, Committees or Boards.
As of 2016[update], the Mayor of Princeton is Democrat Liz Lempert, whose term of office ends December 31, 2020. Members of the Princeton Borough Council are Council President Bernard P. "Bernie" Miller (D, 2017), Jo Butler (D, 2017), Jenny Crumiller (D, 2016), Heather H. Howard (D, 2018), Arden "Lance" Liverman (D, 2018) and Patrick Simon (D, 2016).
Merger of borough and township
On November 8, 2011, the residents of both the Borough of Princeton and the Township of Princeton voted to merge the two municipalities into one. In Princeton Borough 1,385 voted for and 902 voted against, while in Princeton Township 3,542 voted for and 604 voted against. Proponents of the merger asserted that when the merger is completed the new municipality of Princeton will save $3.2 million as a result of some scaled down services including layoffs of 15 government workers including 9 police officers (however the measure itself does not mandate such layoffs). Opponents of the measure challenged the findings of a report citing a cost savings as unsubstantiated, and noted that voter representation would be reduced in a smaller government structure. The consolidation took effect on January 1, 2013.
Federal, state and county representation
Princeton is located in the 12th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 16th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, the former Princeton Borough and Princeton Township had both been in the 15th state legislative district.
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District is represented by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, Ewing Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 16th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher Bateman (R, Branchburg) and in the General Assembly by Andrew Zwicker (D, South Brunswick) and Roy Freiman (D, Hillsborough Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).
Mercer County is governed by a County Executive who oversees the day-to-day operations of the county and by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders that acts in a legislative capacity, setting policy. All officials are chosen at-large in partisan elections, with the executive serving a four-year term of office while the freeholders serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats up for election each year. As of 2014[update], the County Executive is Brian M. Hughes (D, term ends December 31, 2015; Princeton). Mercer County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chair Andrew Koontz (D, 2016; Princeton), Freeholder Vice Chair Samuel T. Frisby, Sr. (2015; Trenton), Ann M. Cannon (2015; East Windsor Township), Anthony P. Carabelli (2016; Trenton), John A. Cimino (2014, Hamilton Township), Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr. (2015; Lawrence Township) and Lucylle R. S. Walter (2014; Ewing Township) Mercer County's constitutional officers are County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello (D, 2015), Sheriff John A. Kemler (D, 2014) and Surrogate Diane Gerofsky (D, 2016).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 18,049 registered voters in Princeton (a sum of the former Borough and Township's voters), of which 9,184 (50.9%) were registered as Democrats, 2,140 (11.9%) were registered as Republicans and 6,703 (37.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 22 voters registered to other parties.
|2016||14.1% 1,817||81.8% 10,548||4.1% 527|
|2012||23.0% 2,882||75.4% 9,461||1.6% 205|
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 75.4% of the vote (9,461 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 23.0% (2,882 votes), and other candidates with 1.6% (205 votes), among the 14,752 ballots cast by the municipality's 20,328 registered voters (2,204 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 72.6%.
|2017||17.9% 1,491||80.0% 6,648||2.0% 169|
|2013||39.2% 2,780||58.8% 4,172||2.7% 145|
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat Barbara Buono received 58.8% of the vote (4,172 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 39.2% (2,780 votes), and other candidates with 2.0% (145 votes), among the 7,279 ballots cast by the municipality's 18,374 registered voters (182 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 39.6%.
The borough has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa). During the summer months, episodes of high heat and humidity typically occur. Occasionally, heat index values exceed 100 °F (38 °C). On average, the wettest month of the year is July which corresponds to the annual peak in thunderstorm activity. During the winter months, episodes of extreme cold and wind typically occur. Occasionally, wind chill values fall below 0 °F (-18 °C). The plant hardiness zone is 6b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of -0.8 °F (-18.2 °C) . The average seasonal (Nov-Apr) snowfall total is 30-36 in (76-91 cm). The average snowiest month is February which corresponds to the annual peak in nor'easter activity.
|Climate data for Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey (1981 – 2010 averages).|
|Average high °F (°C)||38.9
|Daily mean °F (°C)||30.4
|Average low °F (°C)||22.0
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.42
|Average relative humidity (%)||66.6||62.6||58.8||58.4||63.2||67.7||67.5||70.4||71.4||70.5||68.4||68.0||66.1|
|Source: PRISM Climate Group|
|Average Dew Point °F||20.6||21.8||27.3||37.1||48.3||59.1||63.5||63.1||56.5||45.1||35.3||25.8||42.1|
|Average Dew Point °C||-6.3||-5.7||-2.6||2.8||9.1||15.1||17.5||17.3||13.6||7.3||1.8||-3.4||5.6|
Source = PRISM Climate Group
Colleges and universities
Princeton University, one of the world's most prominent research universities, is a dominant feature of the community. Its main campus has its historic center on Nassau Street and stretches south from there. Its James Forrestal satellite campus is located in Plainsboro Township, and some playing fields lie within adjacent West Windsor Township. Princeton University is often featured at or near the top of various national and global university rankings, topping the 2019 list of U.S. News & World Report.
Westminster Choir College, a school of music presently owned by Rider University, was established in Princeton in 1932. Before relocating to Princeton, the school resided in Dayton, Ohio and then briefly in Ithaca, New York.
Princeton Theological Seminary, the first and oldest seminary in America of the Presbyterian Church (USA), has its main academic campus in Princeton, with residential housing located just outside of Princeton in West Windsor Township.
Primary and secondary schools
The Princeton Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its six schools had an enrollment of 3,390 students and 320.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.6:1.
Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Community Park Elementary School (grades K-5; 324 students), Johnson Park Elementary School (PreK-5; 355), Littlebrook Elementary School (K-5; 352), Riverside Elementary School (PreK-5; 286), John Witherspoon Middle School with 708 students in grades 6-8 and Princeton High School with 1,519 students in grades 9-12. The high school is located within the former borough; the other schools are within the former Township boundaries. The high school also serves students from Cranbury Township as part of a sending/receiving relationship.
In the early 1990s, redistricting occurred between the Community Park and Johnson Park School districts, as the population within both districts had increased due to residential development. Concerns were also raised about the largely white, wealthy student population attending Johnson Park (JP) and the more racially and economically diverse population at Community Park (CP). As a result of the redistricting, portions of the affluent Western Section neighborhood were redistricted to CP, and portions of the racially and economically diverse John Witherspoon neighborhood were redistricted to JP.
The Princeton Charter School (grades K-8) operates under a charter granted by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education. The school is a public school that operates independently of the Princeton Regional Schools, and is funded on a per student basis by locally raised tax revenues.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Princeton High School as the 59th-best high school in New Jersey in its 2012 rankings of the "Top Public High Schools" in New Jersey, after being ranked 44th in 2010. The school was also ranked as the 10th best school in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report. 
Private schools located in Princeton include The Lewis School of Princeton, Princeton Day School, Princeton Friends School, Hun School of Princeton, YingHua International School, and Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (PRISMS).
St. Paul Catholic School (pre-school to 8th grade) founded in 1878, is the oldest and only coeducational Catholic school, joining Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart (K-8, all male) and Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (coed for Pre-K, and all-female K-12), which operate under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.
Schools that are outside the town proper but have Princeton mailing addresses include the American Boychoir School in Plainsboro Township, Chapin School, Princeton Junior School in Lawrence Township, the Waldorf School of Princeton (New Jersey's only Waldorf school), Princeton Montessori School in Montgomery Township, Eden Institute in West Windsor Township, and Princeton Latin Academy in Hopewell.
The Princeton Public Library's current facility on Witherspoon Street was opened in April 2004 as part of the ongoing downtown redevelopment project, and replaced a building dating from 1966. The library itself was founded in 1909.
The Princeton Community Japanese Language School teaches weekend Japanese classes for Japanese citizen children abroad to the standard of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and it also has classes for people with Japanese as a second language. The main office of the school is in Princeton although the office used on Sundays is in Memorial Hall at Rider University in Lawrence Township in Mercer County. Courses are taught at Memorial Hall at Rider University.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 126.95 miles (204.31 km) of roadways, of which 118.36 miles (190.48 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.93 miles (6.32 km) by Mercer County, and 8.66 miles (13.94 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Other major roads that are accessible outside the municipality include U.S. Route 1 (in Lawrence, West Windsor & South Brunswick), Interstate 295 (in Lawrence), and the New Jersey Turnpike/Interstate 95 (in South Brunswick). The closest Turnpike exits are Exit 8A in Monroe Township, Exit 8 in East Windsor, and Exit 7A in Robbinsville.
A number of proposed highways around Princeton have been canceled. The Somerset Freeway (Interstate 95) was to pass just outside the municipality before ending in Hopewell (to the south) and Franklin (to the north). This project was canceled in 1980. Route 92 was supposed to remedy the lack of limited-access highways to the greater Princeton area. The road would have started at Route 1 near Ridge Road in South Brunswick and ended at Exit 8A of the Turnpike. However, that project was cancelled in 2006.
Princeton is roughly equidistant from New York City and Philadelphia. Since the 19th century, it has been connected by rail to both of these cities by the Princeton Branch rail line to the nearby Princeton Junction Station on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. The Princeton train station was moved from under Blair Hall to a more southerly location on University Place in 1918, and was moved further southeast in 2013. Commuting to New York from Princeton became commonplace after the Second World War. While the Amtrak ride time is similar to New York and to Philadelphia, the commuter-train ride to New York — via NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor Line — is generally much faster than the equivalent train ride to Philadelphia, which involves a transfer to SEPTA trains in Trenton. NJ Transit provides shuttle service between the Princeton and Princeton Junction stations; the train is locally called the "Dinky", and has also been known as the "PJ&B" (for "Princeton Junction and Back"). Two train cars, or sometimes just one, are used.
NJ Transit provides bus service to Trenton on the 606 route and local service on route 605. Coach USA Suburban Transit operates frequent daily service to midtown NYC on the 100 route, and weekday rush-hour service to downtown NYC on the 600 route. Princeton and Princeton University provide the FreeB and Tiger Transit local bus services.
Princeton Airport is a public airport lying 3 miles (5 km) north of Downtown Princeton in Montgomery Township. The private Forrestal Airport was located on Princeton University property, 2 miles (3 km) east of the main campus, from the early 1950s through the early 1990s.
The closest commercial airport is Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing Township, about 15 miles (24 km) from the center of Princeton, which is served by Frontier Airlines nonstop to and from 17 cities. Other nearby major airports are Newark Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport, located 39 miles (63 km) and 52 miles (84 km) away, respectively.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Princeton include: Note: this list does not include people whose only time in Princeton was as a student. Only selected faculty are shown, whose notability extends beyond their field into popular culture. See Faculty and Alumni lists above.
- Matthew Abelson, hammered dulcimer player
- George Akerlof (born 1940), economist who shared the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
- Archibald Alexander (1772–1851), Presbyterian theologian and first professor at the Princeton Theological Seminary
- James Waddel Alexander (1804–1859), Presbyterian minister and theologian
- Joseph Addison Alexander (1809–1860), biblical scholar
- Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926–2011), daughter of Joseph Stalin, defected to United States and lived in Princeton
- Lylah M. Alphonse (born 1972), journalist
- Saul Amarel (1928–2002), professor of computer science at Rutgers University, best known for his pioneering work in artificial intelligence
- Trey Anastasio (born 1964), of the band Phish, lived in Princeton with his family and attended Princeton Day School
- William H. Angoff (c. 1920–1993), research scientist who worked for the Educational Testing Service, where he helped improve the SAT.
- Milton Babbitt (1916–2011), composer and Princeton University professor
- Molly Bang (born 1943), children's book illustrator, born in Princeton
- Chris Barron born 1968), lead singer of the Spin Doctors
- Saul Bellow (1915–2005), author and Princeton University professor
- Paul Benacerraf (born 1931), philosopher and Princeton University professor
- Peter Benchley (1940–2006), author and screenwriter, Jaws, The Island, lived and died in Princeton
- Geoffrey Berman (born 1959), lawyer currently serving as the Interim United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
- Garrett Birkhoff (1911–1996), mathematician best known for his work in lattice theory
- Michael Bradley (born 1987), soccer player
- Avery Brooks (born 1948), actor, singer and educator
- George Harold Brown (1908–1987), research engineer at RCA, lived in Princeton
- Aaron Burr (1756–1836), third Vice President of the United States (under Thomas Jefferson); killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, grew up in Princeton and is buried there
- Aaron Burr Sr. (1715–1757), co-founder of Princeton University and its second president
- Lesley Bush (born 1947), diver who represented the United States at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where she received a gold medal in the 10 meter platform.
- Sim Cain (born 1963), drummer for Rollins Band, grew up in Princeton
- Melisa Can (born 1984 as Michelle Marie Campbell), professional basketball player at the power forward position who plays for Adana ASKİ.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter (born 1958), country/folk singer, born and grew up in Princeton
- William Ashburner Cattell (1863–1920), civil engineer and railroad company president; born in Princeton
- Damien Chazelle (1985-), film director, producer, and writer. Youngest winner of the Academy Award for Best Director.
- Patrick Clark (1955–1998), chef
- Frances Folsom Cleveland (1864–1947), First Lady, died in and is buried in Princeton
- Grover Cleveland (1837–1908), 22nd and 24th President of the United States, retired to, died in, and buried in Princeton
- Ruth Cleveland (1891–1904), daughter of Grover and Frances Cleveland born between Cleveland's two terms in office, died at age 12 and is buried at Princeton Cemetery
- Chris Conley (born 1980), lead singer of Saves the Day, born and grew up in Princeton
- John Crowley (born 1967), biotechnology executive and entrepreneur and the chairman and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics.
- Whitney Darrow Jr. (1909–1999), New Yorker cartoonist, born in Princeton
- Jon Drezner, architect and designer.
- Freeman Dyson (born 1923), theoretical physicist and fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study
- Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758), Congregationalist Church theologian, Princeton University's third president
- Albert Einstein (1879–1955), physicist, fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study
- T. S. Eliot (1888–1965), author
- Elmer William Engstrom (1901–1984), President and CEO of RCA
- Bret Ernst (born 1972), comedian, actor
- Charles Evered (born 1964), playwright, screenwriter and director, resident of Princeton
- Henry B. Eyring (born 1933), Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and president of Ricks College, born in Princeton
- Robert Fagles (1933–2008), professor, poet, and academic, best known for his many translations of ancient Greek and Roman classics, especially his translations of the epic poems of Homer
- Mervin Field (1921-2015), public opinion pollster whose career in polling began with a poll of Princeton High School students in a class election.
- Abner S. Flagg (1851–1923), businessman and politicians, served in the Wisconsin State Assembly and as Mayor of Edgerton, Wisconsin
- Richard Ford (born 1944), writer, taught at Princeton University, wrote several books set in a fictionalized Haddam, New Jersey, based in part on Princeton
- George Gallup (1901–1984), statistician and creator of the Gallup poll, lived and is buried in Princeton
- George Gallup Jr. (1930–2011), pollster and author
- Kurt Gödel (1906–1978), Austrian-American logician, mathematician and philosopher, fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study
- Caroline Gordon (1895-1981), novelist, lived in Princeton from 1956 to 1975
- Michael Graves (1934–2015), architect, lived and worked in Princeton
- Fred Greenstein (1930-2018), political scientist.
- Chris Harford, self-taught singer, songwriter, guitarist and painter.
- Ethan Hawke (born 1970), actor
- Sarah Hay (born 1987), actress and ballet dancer with the Semperoper in Dresden
- Joseph Hewes (1730–1779), signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, born in Princeton
- Charles Hodge (1797–1878), theologian and Principal of Princeton Theological Seminary
- Herbert Huffman (1905–1968), musician and choir director, founder of the American Boychoir School
- Harold L. Humes (1926-1992), novelist who was the originator of The Paris Review literary magazine.
- Robert Wood Johnson II (1893–1968), Chairman of Johnson & Johnson, and his wife Margaret, lived in Morven
- George F. Kennan (1904–2005), diplomat, historian, fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study
- Gina Kolata (born 1948), reporter for The New York Times
- Paul Krugman (born 1953), Nobel Prize winner, economist, professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University
- Matt Lalli (born 1986), professional lacrosse player for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse
- Chang-Rae Lee (born 1965), writer, Princeton University professor
- Arthur Lithgow (1915–2004), actor, director, educator, and managing director of Princeton's McCarter Theatre
- John Lithgow (1945), actor, lived in Princeton in his late teens
- Emily Mann (born 1952), artistic director of Princeton's McCarter Theatre
- Thomas Mann (1875–1955), author
- Henry Martin, cartoonist at The New Yorker, lived and worked in Princeton
- John McPhee (born 1931), writer, lives in Princeton
- Rachel Lambert Mellon (1910–2014), horticulturalist, gardener, philanthropist and art collector
- Steve "Buddy" Miller (1952), Nashville session musician, grew up in Princeton and attended Princeton High School
- Jeannette Mirsky (1903-1987), author who was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947 for her biographical writings on the history of exploration
- Toni Morrison (born 1931), author, Nobel Laureate, Princeton University professor
- Paul Muldoon (born 1951), Irish poet
- John Forbes Nash Jr. (1928–2015), mathematician, Nobel Prize winner, subject of A Beautiful Mind, Princeton University professor
- John von Neumann (1903−1957), Hungarian-American mathematician at Princeton University and Institute for Advanced Study
- Bebe Neuwirth (born 1958), actress, grew up in Princeton
- Joyce Carol Oates (born 1938), writer, Princeton University professor
- John O'Hara (1905–1970), author, lived in and is buried in Princeton
- Charles Smith Olden (1799–1876), Governor of New Jersey during the American Civil War
- A. Dayton Oliphant (1887-1963), Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1945 to 1946, and from 1948 to 1957
- Gregory Olsen (born 1945), entrepreneur, engineer and scientist who, in October 2005, became the third private citizen to make a self-funded trip to the International Space Station
- J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–1967), theoretical physicist, director of the Institute for Advanced Study
- Barbara Piasecka Johnson (1937–2013), Polish-born American humanitarian, philanthropist, art connoisseur and collector
- John Popper (born 1967), lead singer of the band Blues Traveler
- Andy Potts (born 1976), triathlete who represented the United States in triathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
- Pete Raymond (born 1947), former rower who competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics and in the 1972 Summer Olympics.
- Christopher Reeve (1952–2004), actor, grew up in Princeton, attended Princeton Day School
- Paul Robeson (1898–1976), singer, actor, athlete, civil rights activist, born and raised in Princeton
- Arnold Roth (born 1929), cartoonist, longtime Princeton resident
- William E. Schluter (1927-2018), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate.
- Ralph Schoenstein (1933–2006), writer, lived in Princeton up to his death
- John Schneider (born 1980), professional baseball coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Bill Schroeder (born 1958), Major League Baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers and California Angels, Brewers commentator for Fox Sports Wisconsin
- Roger Sessions (1896–1985), composer, Princeton University professor.
- Tsutomu Shimomura (born 1964), Japanese-American scientist and computer security expert.
- Andrew Shue (born 1967), actor and professional soccer player, grew up in northern New Jersey with sister, actress Elisabeth Shue, lives in Princeton
- Michael Showalter (born 1970), comedian, actor, writer, and director, born in Princeton, attended Princeton High School
- Barbara Boggs Sigmund (1939–1990), mayor of Princeton
- Peter Singer (born 1946), moral philosopher, bioethicist and Princeton University professor
- Shelley Smith (born 1952), actress
- Tom Snow (born 1947), musician
- Gennady Spirin (born 1948), artist
- Betsey Stockton (c. 1798–1865), educator and missionary, manumitted from slavery and later retired to and died in Princeton
- John P. Stockton (1826–1900), U.S. Senator from New Jersey, lived in Princeton
- Richard Stockton (1730–1781), signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, lived in and is buried in Princeton
- Richard Stockton (1764–1828), U.S. Senator from New Jersey, lived in Princeton
- Robert F. Stockton (1795–1866), United States Navy commodore, U.S. Military Governor of California, lived in Princeton
- Robert Stone (born 1958, class of 1976), director and documentary filmmaker.
- Jon Tenney (born 1961), actor, born and raised in Princeton
- Paul Tulane (1801–1887), benefactor and namesake of Tulane University
- Immanuel Velikovsky (1895–1979), controversial theorist and acquaintance of Albert Einstein
- Andrew Wiles (born 1953), mathematician who proved Fermat's Last Theorem, Princeton University professor
- Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), 28th President of the United States, 13th president of Princeton University, Governor of New Jersey
- John Witherspoon (1723–1794), signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, president of Princeton University
- Edward Witten (born 1951), mathematician and physicist, fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study
- Richard L. Wright (born 1943), political leader who held a number of positions at both the state and national level
- Sarah Zelenka (born 1987), rower at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Vladimir K. Zworykin (1888–1982), Russian-American engineer, inventor and television pioneer
- All of the members of Blues Traveler, as well as Chris Barron (see above) are from Princeton and were high school friends.
- All sitting New Jersey governors since 1945 have had their official residence in Princeton, first at Morven and since 1982 at Drumthwacket, but not all have actually lived in these houses.
Princeton in popular culture
Princeton was the setting of the Academy Award-winning A Beautiful Mind about the schizophrenic mathematician John Nash. It was largely filmed in central New Jersey, including some Princeton locations. However, many scenes of "Princeton" were actually filmed at Fordham University's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx.
The 1994 film I.Q., featuring Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, and Walter Matthau as Albert Einstein, was also set in Princeton, and was filmed in the area. It includes some geographic stretches, including Matthau looking through a telescope from the roof of "Princeton Hospital" to see Ryan and Robbins' characters kissing on the Princeton Battlefield.
Historical films which used Princeton as a setting but were not filmed there include Wilson, a 1944 biographical film about Woodrow Wilson.
In his 1989 independent feature film Stage Fright, independent filmmaker Brad Mays shot a drama class scene in the Princeton High School auditorium, using PHS students as extras. On October 18, 2013, Mays' feature documentary I Grew Up in Princeton had its premiere showing at Princeton High School. The film, described in one Princeton newspaper as a "deeply personal 'coming-of-age story' that yields perspective on the role of perception in a town that was split racially, economically and sociologically", is a portrayal of life in the venerable university town during the tumultuous period of the late sixties through the early seventies.
Scenes from the beginning of Across the Universe (film) (2007) were filmed on the Princeton University campus.
Parts of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were filmed in Princeton. Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf were filming on Princeton University campus for two days during the summer of 2008.
Scenes from the 2008 movie The Happening were filmed in Princeton.
TV and radio
The 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, is set partly in nearby Grover's Mill, and includes a fictional professor from Princeton University as a main character, but the action never moves directly into Princeton.
The TV show House was set in Princeton, at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, and establishing shots for the hospital display the Frist Campus Center of Princeton University. The actual University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro opened on May 22, 2012, exactly one day after the finale of House aired.
The 1980 television miniseries Oppenheimer is partly set in Princeton.
Princeton University's Creative Writing program includes several nationally and internationally prominent writers, making the community a hub of contemporary literature.
Points of interest
- Nassau Christian Center
- Nassau Presbyterian Church
- Princeton United Methodist Church
- Princeton University Chapel
- Stone Hill Church of Princeton
- Stony Brook Meeting House and Cemetery
- Trinity Church, Princeton
- Institute for Advanced Study and Institute Woods
- Princeton Theological Seminary
- Princeton University
- Westminster Choir College
- Albert Einstein House, located at 112 Mercer Street, was the home of Albert Einstein from 1936 until his death in 1955.
- Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey, is one of only four official governor's residences in the country that is not located within its state capital.
- Jasna Polana
- Jugtown Historic District is a cluster of historic buildings around the intersection of Harrison and Nassau Street that dates to colonial times.
- King's Highway Historic District
- Kingston Mill Historic District
- Maybury Hill is the boyhood home of Joseph Hewes, who later moved to North Carolina and was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence for that state.
- Mountain Avenue Historic District
- Nassau Club
- Nassau Hall
- Nassau Inn
- Princeton Battlefield State Park
- Princeton Battle Monument
- Princeton Cemetery
- Princeton Historic District
- Princeton Ice Company
- Updike Farmstead
- The Washington Oak
- Westland Mansion
- Witherspoon Street School for Colored Children
- The D&R Canal State Park including Turning Basin Park
- Herrontown Woods Arboretum
- Lake Carnegie
- Marquand Park
- Mountain Lakes Preserve
- Palmer Square
- Princeton Battlefield State Park
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- Grover Cleveland Home, National Park Service. Accessed August 29, 2014. "After leaving the White House for a second time, Cleveland retired to this home in Princeton, New Jersey in 1897. The elegant stone antebellum mansion was perfect for the active role the Clevelands played in Princeton society."
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- Kerwick, Mike. "Archive: Father uses business savvy to fight his kids' rare disease", The Record (Bergen County), February 28, 2017. Accessed January 5, 2018. "Crowley has been up for hours. A few miles down the road, at his Princeton home, the 42-year-old CEO of Amicus Therapeutics was helping his teenage daughter.... Their survival is in many ways a tribute to their father, an Englewood native who has spent the last decade raising money to fund research for lifesaving drugs."
- Gussow, Mel. "Whitney Darrow Jr., 89, Gentle Satirist of Modern Life, Dies", The New York Times, August 12, 1999. Accessed October 12, 2013. "Mr. Darrow was born in Princeton, N.J., where his father was one of the founders of the Princeton University Press."
- "On the Move" Archived March 16, 2018, at the Wayback Machine, U.S. 1 Newspaper, March 19, 2008. Accessed March 15, 2018. "Drezner is a native of Princeton, where his grandfather was a cardiologist and his father a surgeon. He went to Princeton Day School, graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1985, and earned his master's degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture."
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- Nichols, Heidi L. "Those Exceptional Edwards Women; Jonathan spent his life surrounded by beautiful women, and it showed.", Christian History, Issue 77. Accessed August 22, 2013. "When Jonathan Edwards was about to die, he dictated his final words to his daughter Lucy. His thoughtswere of his wife, Sarah, who had not yet joined him at their new home in Princeton, New Jersey, where he had just become college president."
- Blackwell, Jon. "1933: The genius next door", The Trentonian. Accessed October 12, 2013. "From the moment Albert Einstein arrived in Princeton in 1933, a shaggy, sweater-wearing genius with a pipe in one hand and a sheaf of papers in the other, stories like the one about the girl's homework got a good laugh. And the amazing thing is, they were true."
- Elmer W. Engstrom, IEEE Global History Network. Accessed June 15, 2014. "In honor of his community activities at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, Dr. Engstrom was named Man of the Year for 1964 by the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and Civic Council."
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- President Henry B. Eyring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Accessed October 12, 2013. "Born in Princeton, New Jersey, on May 31, 1933, he has served the Church as a regional representative, a member of the general Sunday School board, and a bishop."
- McGrath, Charles. "Robert Fagles, Translator of the Classics, Dies at 74", The New York Times, March 29, 2008. Accessed November 22, 2014. "Robert Fagles, the renowned translator of Latin and Greek whose versions of Homer and Virgil were unlikely best sellers and became fixtures on classroom reading lists, died on Wednesday at his home in Princeton, N.J., where he was an emeritus professor at Princeton University."
- Nagourney, Adam. "Mervin Field Dies at 94; Took Pulse of California as Pollster", The New York Times, June 11, 2015. Accessed October 2, 2017. "Mervin Field was a college dropout. He had no formal training in polling or statistics. He bagged groceries while growing up in Princeton, N.J."
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- George Gallup, 1901–1984 Founder Archived June 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, The Gallup Organization. Accessed November 2, 2013. "Dr. Gallup founded the American Institute of Public Opinion, the precursor of The Gallup Organization, in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1935."
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- Dutka, Elaine. The Acting Bug Bites Ethan Hawke", The Los Angeles Times, February 20, 1994. Accessed November 2, 2013. "Acting was a refuge for this self-described 'terrible student,' a way to get out in the world for a kid who couldn't wait for life to start. Hawke's family eventually moved to Princeton, N.J., where, as a 13-year-old, he made his stage debut in the McCarter Theater's production of St. Joan."
- Kanter, Sharon Clott. "Who Is Sarah Hay? Get to Know the Ballerina of Starz's New Drama Flesh & Bone", InStyle, November 7, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2015. "In real life, the 28-year-old Princeton, New Jersey native is much more grounded than her character, though she can sympathize with the craziness that actually goes on in the ballet world."
- Elliott, Khristine. "Historical Ties", Battle Creek Enquirer, July 4, 2003. Accessed November 2, 2013. "Joseph Hewes isn't one of the most well-known signers of the Declaration of Independence, but he's got a built-in fan base in Calhoun, Branch and Barry counties.... Born in Princeton, NJ, in 1730, he went on to graduate from Princeton College."
- Anderson, Robert W. "A Short Biography of Charles Hodge", WRS Journal 4/2 (August 1997) 9–13, Western Reformed Seminary. Accessed November 2, 2013. "His son and biographer, A. A. Hodge, recorded that he 'reached his home, in Princeton, about the 18th of September 1828 Where There Was Joy.' His son, then being five years of age, added that this was 'the first abiding image of his father.'"
- Teicholz, Tom. "Doc on PBS: The life and fictions of Harold Humes", Huffington Post, May 25, 2011. Accessed December 10, 2018. "Harold L. Humes was born in 1926 in Douglas, Arizona. His father was a chemical engineer. The family moved to Princeton New Jersey where Humes attended high school and got the nickname 'Doc', based on the crazy scientist character 'Doc Huer' in the Buck Rogers comics."
- Gardner, Joel R.; and Harrison, Andrew R. "The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Early Years", The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Accessed November 2, 2013. "They moved into Bellevue, an estate in Highland Park, and their son, Robert Wood Johnson III, was born in 1920. While living in Highland Park, Johnson became involved inlocal politics and served a term as mayor while he was still in his twenties. His marriage broke up in 1930, and his wife and child remained at Bellevue, while he relocated with his new wife, Margaret, to Morven, in Princeton, which later became the governor's mansion."
- Weiner, Tim; and Crossette, Barbara. "George F. Kennan Dies at 101; Leading Strategist of Cold War", The New York Times, March 18, 2005. Accessed November 2, 2013. "George F. Kennan, the American diplomat who did more than any other envoy of his generation to shape United States policy during the cold war, died on Thursday night in Princeton, N.J. He was 101."
- Staff. "Ask a Reporter: Gina Kolata", The New York Times. Accessed August 22, 2013. "Ms. Kolata is married and has two children. She lives in Princeton, N.J."
- Staff. "Paul Krugman's Solution to Getting Fiscal Stimulus? It Involves Aliens", PBS NewsHour, June 18, 2012. Accessed August 22, 2013. "The easy economics, Krugman told us at his home in Princeton, is that government should spend to goose the economy, because the private sector, for various reasons, simply won't."
- Matt Lalli, Colgate Raiders men's lacrosse. Accessed September 21, 2015. "Hometown: Princeton Junction, N.J. High School: West Windsor Plainsboro... Born on March 27, 1986 in Princeton, N.J."
- McGrath, Charles. "Deep In Suburbia", The New York Times, February 29, 2004. Accessed November 2, 2013. "Lee now lives, with his wife and two young daughters, in Princeton, N.J. -- just a stone's throw, not accidentally, from a golf course."
- Staff. "Lessons From John Lithgow's Onstage 'Education'", NPR, December 5, 2011. Accessed November 2, 2013. "You have just made a huge splash on Broadway, just won your first Tony Award, gone on to success that your father could never have dreamed, in fact you never really thought possible, a repertory actor. And at the same time you are living at his home in Princeton, and he has just been fired."
- Ouzounian, Richard . "Shameless lunacy; John Lithgow wild and crazy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Actor has loosened with time, writes Richard Ouzounian", Toronto Star, April 11, 2005. Accessed November 2, 2013. "Lithgow travelled constantly during the first 16 years of his life thanks to his father's vagabond thespian activities, finally settling down in Princeton, NJ when his dad became head of the university theatre there."
- Plump, Wendy. "Emily Mann's McCarter Magic" Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Princeton magazine. Accessed November 30, 2013. "This is the setting recently encountered at Emily Mann's Mercer Street home in Princeton: A warm kitchen on a cold winter morning; staffers from McCarter Theatre filling bowls with fruit and setting out muffins; the playwright herself over in a corner wrestling an espresso machine into submission."
- Leitch, Alexander. "Mann, Thomas", from A Princeton Companion, Princeton University Press (1978). Accessed November 30, 2013. "During their stay in Princeton Mr. and Mrs. Mann lived in the red brick Georgian house at the corner of Stockton Street and Library Place. Here, working three or four hours every morning, seven days a week, he completed Lotte in Weimar and started the fourth volume of the Joseph tales."
- Staff. "Cartoonist Henry Martin donates art, books", News at Princeton, April 7, 2010. Accessed November 30, 2013. "The cartoonist Henry Martin, a 1948 graduate of Princeton University, has donated nearly 700 original drawings along with some of his humor books to the Princeton University Library.... Martin, a longtime Princeton resident, continues to draw a cartoon for the Office of Development each November."
- Hessler, Peter. "John McPhee, The Art of Nonfiction No. 3", The Paris Review, Spring 2010, No. 192. Accessed November 30, 2013. "John Angus McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1931, attended college in his hometown, and still lives there today."
- McFadden, Robert D. "Rachel Mellon, an Heiress Known for Her Green Thumb, Dies at 103", The New York Times, March 17, 2014. Accessed July 23, 2015. "Rachel Lowe Lambert was born in Princeton on Aug. 9, 1910, one of three children of Gerard Barnes Lambert and the former Rachel Lowe."
- Dougherty, Steve. "In Nashville, the Buddy System", The Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2013. Accessed November 30, 2013. "Mr. Miller, an Air Force brat who was born in Ohio and grew up in Maryland and Princeton, N.J., where he attended high school, sees no contradiction between his Yankee roots and his love for country music."
- McDowell, Edwin. "Jeannette M. Ginsburg, 83, Author and Editor", The New York Times, March 20, 1987. Accessed November 7, 2016. "Born in Bradley Beach, N.J., and raised in New York City, Mrs. Ginsburg graduated from Barnard College in 1924. After her marriage to Edward B. Ginsburg, an industrial engineer in the clothing industry, she lived in South Carolina, moving to Princeton in 1950."
- Abel, David. "Romney apologizes for use of expression; To some, `tar baby' is racial pejorative", The Boston Globe, July 31, 2006. Accessed November 30, 2013. "In 1981, author Toni Morrison published a novel titled ``Tar Baby," and she has compared the expression to other racial epithets.... Reached at her home near Princeton University, where she teaches, Morrison called the expression 'antiquated' and one that's 'attractive to some people, when they begin to search for hints of racism.'"
- Als, Hilton. "Ghosts in the House", The New Yorker, October 27, 2003. Accessed November 30, 2013. "Morrison owns a home in Princeton, where she founded the Princeton Atelier."
- Pristin, Terry. "New Jersey Daily Briefing; Princeton Poet Wins Prize", The New York Times, October 2, 1997. Accessed August 22, 2013. "Mr. Muldoon, who lives in Princeton Township, has won numerous prizes for his work, including the T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and the Irish Literature Prize."
- A Brilliant Madness Transcript, American Experience. Accessed November 30, 2013. "Narrator: John Nash lives in Princeton with Alicia and their son Johnny, who is also a mathematician and suffers from schizophrenia."
- Scott, Debra. "Bebe Neuwirth: Close-up on Bebe Neuwirth -- Green Card is her first big movie role", Entertainment Weekly, December 21, 1990. Accessed November 30, 2013. "When director Peter Weir's film Green Card opens this week, the Princeton, N.J.-born, bicoastal actress, who is married to actor-director Paul Dorman, may get her wish again."
- Nutt, Amy Ellis. "Joyce Carol Oates: Princeton's 'dark lady of fiction' comes shining", The Star-Ledger, March 15, 2010. Accessed November 30, 2013. "Sitting in her bucolic backyard in Princeton, Joyce Carol Oates shimmers with a kind of delicate intensity."
- Staff. "John O'Hara Buried in Princeton Rites", The New York Times, April 17, 1970. Accessed November 30, 2013. "Princeton, N.J., April 16 John O'Hara, the novelist, was buried here today after a funeral service in the Princeton University Chapel. Mr. O'Hara had lived here since 1953."
- New Jersey Governor Charles Smith Olden, National Governors Association. Accessed June 15, 2014. "Charles S. Olden, the twenty-fourth governor of New Jersey, was born in Princeton, New Jersey on February 19, 1799."
- Staff. "Dayton Oliphant, Ex-Judge, 75, Dies; Headed Court of Errors and Appeals in New Jersey", The New York Times, June 27, 1963. Accessed July 2, 2016.
- George, Jason. "From a C Student to a Celestial Traveler", The New York Times, May 16, 2004. Accessed December 14, 2013. "'I want to share the experience with school groups, especially in the inner cities and more remote areas,' Mr. Olsen, who lives in Princeton, N.J., said recently by telephone and e-mail from Star City, Russia, where he began training last month."
- Staff. "J. Robert Oppenheimer, Atom Bomb Pioneer, Dies", The New York Times, February 19, 1967. Accessed June 15, 2014. "Princeton, N. J., Feb. 18 -- Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the nuclear physicist, died here tonight at the age of 62. A spokesman for the family said Dr. Oppenheimer died at 8 o'clock in his home on the grounds of the Institute for Advanced Study."
- Tagliabue, John. "A U.S. Angel With Millions Helps Walesa", The New York Times, June 11, 1989. Accessed August 22, 2013. "On June 1, the Solidarity leader signed a letter of intent with Czeslaw Tolwinski, the director of the big Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, and Barbara Piasecka Johnson, a Polish-born American heiress who lives in Princeton, to create a shipbuilding company."
- Vanderbeek, Brian via McClatchy Newspapers. "Blues Traveler is the rare jam band with chart-topping hits", Chicago Tribune, November 14, 2013. Accessed June 15, 2014. "And such peace befits a band that traces its roots to the idyllic New Jersey town of Princeton. It's home to a great Ivy League university and apparently — at least in the 1970s — as a breeding ground for jam band leaders. Phish frontman Trey Anastasio attended preppy Princeton Day School just a couple years before Popper and Spin Doctors founder Chris Barron were classmates at Princeton High."
- Alden, Bill. "PHS Alum Potts Finds Direction In Triathlon; Now Aims to Soar at Athens Summer Games", Town Topics (newspaper), July 21, 2004. Accessed December 10, 2018. "After completing a stellar swimming career at the University of Michigan, Andy Potts found himself drifting.... As a kid growing up in Princeton, Potts focused his efforts on becoming a top swimmer."
- Fremon, Suzanne S. "State Has 13 on Olympic Team", The New York Times, August 13, 1972. Accessed November 22, 2017. "Peter Raymond, 25, of Princeton, a member of the Olympic eight‐oar crew, may be the New Jerseyan who is most likely to come home with a medal, perhaps even a gold medal.... Mr. Raymond has been rowing since his prep school days at South Kent School, and, as he said, 'rowed all through Princeton,' where he was stroke and captain of the varsity crew in his senior year. He was a member of the 1968 Olympic team, in the four without coxswain."
- Hillier, Jordan. "Christopher Reeve" Archived April 15, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Princeton Magazine. Accessed June 15, 2014. "Born in New York City in 1952 and raised from the age of four in Princeton, Reeve's love of acting was evident from the days when he and his brother Benjamin turned large cardboard boxes into pirate ships for their own action adventures."
- " Jan 23, 1976: Singer, actor, athlete, activist Paul Robeson dies", The History Channel. Accessed November 22, 2014. "Paul LeRoy Bustill Robeson was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on April 9, 1898, the son of a father born into slavery and a mother raised as a vocal abolitionist."
- Dube, Ilene. "Arnold Roth Brings His Gags Back to Princeton" Archived December 20, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, U.S.1 Newspaper, March 21, 2012. Accessed November 22, 2014. "Roth, who lived in Princeton from 1963 to 1984, will present an illustrated lecture and sign copies of his books at the opening reception March 24."
- Shea, Kevin. "Bill Schluter, former state senator who ran for governor, dies at 90", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 6, 2018. Accessed August 7, 2018. "Born in Bronxville, New York and raised in Princeton, Schluter graduated from Princeton University in 1950, where he played varsity hockey all four years."
- Lavietes, Stuart. "Ralph Schoenstein, Humorist and Author, Is Dead at 73", The New York Times, August 28, 2006. Accessed November 22, 2014. "Ralph Schoenstein, a humorist who was a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, a prolific contributor to magazines and newspapers, the author of 18 books, and a ghostwriter whose works included Bill Cosby's Fatherhood, died on Thursday in Philadelphia. He was 73 and lived in Princeton, N.J."
- Johnson, Greg. "Lawrence High grad John Schneider rising in Blue Jays’ system as a manager", The Trentonian, April 10, 2018. Accessed December 5, 2018. "During John Schneider’s sixth season as a prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, his career in professional baseball took a twist. A series of concussions and other injuries piled up, and the Princeton native steadily came to the realization that his playing days were almost over."
- Broadcasters, Milwaukee Brewers. Accessed November 29, 2014. "Born in Baltimore and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Schroeder graduated from West Windsor Plainsboro High School, where he earned All-State honors his junior and senior years."
- Olmstead, Andrea. Roger Sessions: A Biography, p. 368. Accessed December 11, 2018. Routledge, 2008. ISBN 9780415977135. "After Lisl's death, July 9, 1982, Sessions lived alone at 63 Stanworth Lane in Princeton."
- "Tsutomu Shimomura", Takedown. Accessed December 11, 2018. "A Japanese citizen, Shimomura was raised in Princeton, New Jersey."
- Stetler, Carrie. "Actor Andrew Shue becomes internet mogul with CafeMom", NJ.com, March 24, 2009. Accessed November 29, 2014. "'I'd describe myself now as more of as a social media entrepreneur,' said Shue, 42, who grew up in South Orange and now lives in Princeton."
- Sirucek, Stefan. "An Interview With Michael Showalter", The Huffington Post, December 18, 2012. Accessed November 29, 2014. "[Q] Your parents were both Ivy League professors and you grew up in Princeton, NJ. How nerdy do you consider yourself on a scale of 1 to Spock? [A] 'Tribble.' Is that an acceptable answer?"
- Staff. "Barbara Boggs Sigmund, Mayor Of Princeton and Ex-Teacher, 51", The New York Times, October 11, 1990. Accessed November 29, 2014. "Barbara Boggs Sigmund, the Mayor of Princeton and a member of one of the nation's best-known political families, died of cancer yesterday at her home in Princeton, N.J. She was 51 years old."
- Bailey, Ronald. "The Pursuit of Happiness, Peter Singer interviewed by Ronald Bailey; Controversial philosopher Peter Singer argues for animal rights, utilitarian ethics, and A Darwinian Left.", Reason (magazine), December 2000. Accessed November 29, 2014. "Aside from the Manhattan apartment — he asked me not to give the address or describe it as a condition of granting an interview - he and his wife Renata, to whom he has been married for some three decades, have a house in Princeton."
- "'The Associates' suits Shelley Smith", The Paris News, November 9, 1979. Accessed December 12, 2015. "Born in Princeton, N.J., Smith graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in Art History."
- Biography, Tom Snow Music. Accessed November 22, 2014. "Tom was born in 1947, in Princeton, NJ. In 1965 he entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston with the hope of becoming a jazz pianist."
- Norrie, Helen. "Review of The Little Black Hen.", CM Magazine, May 21, 2004. Accessed August 29, 2014. "Gennady Spirin, the Moscow born artist who has done the artwork, is an accomplished and celebrated illustrator who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey."
- African-American Religion; A Historical Interpretation with Representative Documents - Betsey Stockton's Journal, Amherst University. Accessed August 29, 2014. "In 1860 the son bought her a house in Princeton, close to the church."
- John P. Stockton Attorney General 1877-1897, Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey. Accessed August 29, 2014. "John P. Stockton was born in Princeton, New Jersey on August 2, 1826."
- Stockton, Richard, Princeton University. Accessed August 29, 2014. "Stockton, Richard 1748 (1730–1781), a member of the first graduating class, and the first alumnus elected a trustee, was born in Princeton of a Quaker family that was among the community's earliest settlers.... His health shattered, his estate pillaged, his fortune depleted, he continued to live in Princeton, an invalid, until his death from cancer on February 28, 1781, in his fifty-first year."
- Stockton Richard (1764 - 1828), Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 29, 2014. "born in Princeton, N.J., April 17, 1764"
- Captain Robert F. Stockton, USN (1795-1866), Naval Historical Center. Accessed August 29, 2014. "Robert Field Stockton was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on 20 August 1795."
- Mroz, Jacqueline. "Sundance Honor for Film of Early Save-the-Earth Activists", The New York Times, February 13, 2009. Accessed December 10, 2018. "When he was just 11 years old and living in Princeton, Robert Stone borrowed his parents’ Super 8 camera and made his first film, about the pollution he saw around him.... After attending Princeton High School, Mr. Stone studied history in college."
- Cerasaro, Ashley J. "Closing the Deal; Jon Tenney, Princeton-born star of TV's The Closer, has a knack for turning small roles into big breaks.", New Jersey Monthly, November 14, 2011. Accessed August 29, 2014. "It's probably not a good idea to challenge a writer's vision when auditioning for a part on his television series, but that's exactly what Princeton native Jon Tenney did when he read for the role of Sergeant David Gabriel on TNT's hit drama The Closer."
- Hillier, Jordan. "Vintage Princeton: Paul Tulane" Archived July 20, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Princeton Magazine. Accessed August 29, 2014. "When Tulane retired in 1857, after operating his business for close to 40 years, he bought the Walter Lowrie House at 83 Stockton Street in Princeton, where he then lived for 20 years until his death."
- Stevens, Ruth. "Library acquires papers of scientist and author Velikovsky", News at Princeton, July 29, 2005. Accessed August 29, 2014. "He lived first in New York City and later in Princeton."
- Kolata, Gina. "A Year Later, Snag Persists In Math Proof", The New York Times, June 28, 1994. Accessed August 29, 2014. "Dr. Wiles himself will not talk about his work on the proof. He did not answer telephone messages left at his office or a letter hand-delivered to his home in Princeton."
- Princeton's Historic Sites and People, Historical Society of Princeton. Accessed August 29, 2014. "Prospect House and Garden (1851)... Woodrow Wilson occupied the house when he was president of the University between 1902 and 1910.... In addition to Prospect, Woodrow Wilson occupied three houses during his time in Princeton: 72 Library Place, 82 Library Place, and 25 Cleveland Lane."
- John Witherspoon, Princeton University. Accessed August 29, 2014.
- Chau, Ethan. "The Life, Times, and Work of Edward Witten", Prezi, May 9, 2013. Accessed October 18, 2015. "Witten currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, Chiara Nappi, another physicist at Princeton University."
- Dao, James. "Homecoming; The Bill Bradley Campaign as a Celebration and Affirmation of the Garden State", The New York Times, October 24, 1999. Accessed October 18, 2015. "Richard Wright, 56, the national finance director, met Mr. Bradley at Princeton, where they played together on the basketball team.... A Princeton resident, he is a lawyer who ran an energy company before joining the campaign."
- Sarah Zelenka Archived July 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, USRowing. Accessed August 29, 2014. "Current Residence: Princeton, N.J."
- Thomas Jr., Robert McG. "Vladimir Zworykin, Television Pioneer, Dies At 92", The New York Times, August 1, 1982. Accessed July 30, 2013. "Dr. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin, a Russian-born scientist whose achievements were pivotal to the development of television, died Thursday at the Princeton (N.J.) Medical Center. He was 92 years old and lived in Princeton."
- Longsdorf, Amy. "Picking Princeton As Setting For I.Q. Was A No-brainer", The Morning Call, December 24, 1994. Accessed August 29, 2014. "You don't have to be a genius to figure out why Princeton was selected to be the setting for "I.Q.," a romantic comedy about the efforts of Albert Einstein (Walter Matthau) to nudge his niece (Meg Ryan) into the arms of a neighborhood mechanic (Tim Robbins)."
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- Altmann, Jennifer Greenstein. "Oates chooses fresh identity but familiar setting for novel", Princeton Weekly Bulletin, October 11, 2004. Accessed August 29, 2014. "Princeton is the setting for the novel Take Me, Take Me With You (Ecco) published under the name Lauren Kelly, who is described on the book jacket as 'the pseudonym of a bestselling and award-winning author.'"
- Superfudge by Judy Blume, Scholastic. Accessed August 29, 2014. "Well, Peter soon finds out that his mom is pregnant and the family is going to move to Princeton, New Jersey."
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|Wikisource has the text of a 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article about Princeton, New Jersey.|
- Official website
- Princeton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Princeton Township Municipal Web Site (Government)
- The Princeton Packet (Local Newspaper)
- Princeton Online (Local Online Community)
- Princeton Public Schools
- Princeton Regional Schools's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Princeton Regional Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- The American Cyclopædia. 1879. .
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