Thompson, Henry B., 1856-1924

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Biographical details may be obtained from Thompson's alumni file. A life trustee, he was elected a charter trustee in 1906, and for a period chaired the Board of Trustees as well as the Endowment, Alumni Rowing, and Grounds and Buildings committees. A summary of his major posts is as follows:

Grounds and Buildings: 1907-1928 Curriculum: 1907-1925, 1928-29 Administrative: 1919-1928, 1930-31 Finance: 1921-1925 Library: 1931-32

As chairman of the Grounds and Buildings Committee from 1909-1928, Thompson saw to the construction of twenty-five campus buildings, beginning with Holder Hall and ending with the University Chapel. He was also an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and a friend of Woodrow Wilson; his correspondence with Wilson on committee matters during Wilson's presidency at Princeton is in the files.

From the guide to the Henry Burling Thompson Papers, 1889-1913, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

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referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn George Henry Nettleton papers, 1819-1959 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Henry Burling Thompson Papers, 1889-1913 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Princeton University Archives.
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associatedWith Nettleton, George Henry, 1874-1959 person
associatedWith Princeton University. Trustees corporateBody
associatedWith United States Sanitary Commission corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Wilmington (Del.)
Princeton University


Birth 1856

Death 1924



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