College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)

The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) was founded in 1746, and had as its main objective to train ministers. John Witherspoon, whom GW had known since before the Revolution, served as the college's president from 1768 until 1794. Under his influence, the college became widely popular and included a curriculum that would serve to train the nation's leaders. GW's nephews, George and Charles Lewis, were enrolled at the College of New Jersey in the early 1770s, and GW also helped to finance the education of William Ramsay, Jr., who attended the college around the same period.  For instance, in early 1772, GW advanced William's father, William Ramsay of Alexandria, £25.0.0 to pay for his son's education "at the Jersey College". During his travel from New York to Mount Vernon in June of the following year, GW made a stop at Princeton, N.J., and paid Witherspoon £48.16.0 in New Jersey currency for Ramsay's schooling (see Ledger B, 47).



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The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition, ed. Theodore J. Crackel. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, Rotunda, 2008.