Carnahan, James, 1775-1859

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James Carnahan was the ninth president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), from which he graduated in 1800. In 1823 he was elected to the presidency of the college while it was in the middle of a period of decline. There were many faculty resignations, and enrollment had dropped from 120 to 70 students. He was very discouraged by the state of affairs and thought of recommending closing it down. However, with the help of professor John Maclean, he was able to strengthen the faculty, which in turn, strengthened the college's reputation. When Carnahan retired in 1854, there were 250 students enrolled, new chairs were endowed, many scholarships were established, and East and West Colleges and Clio and Whig Halls were erected. After his retirement and until his death, Carnahan served as a trustee of the college and as president of the board of trustees of the Theological Seminary.

From the description of James Carnahan collection, 1802-1858. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 63051732

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creatorOf Allen, William, 1784-1868. Documents relating to property given by Pres. Wheelock to Princeton Theological Seminary, 1799 March 28-1844 August 14, v.p. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Carnahan, James, 1775-1859. James Carnahan collection, 1802-1858. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Correspondence, 1865-1891 Smithsonian Institution Archives
creatorOf Princeton University. Office of the Treasurer. Office of the Treasurer records, 1754-1911. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984. Autograph collection, 1446-2001. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850. Letter, 1828 Oct. 24, Pendleton, to Rev. & Dr. Carnahan. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Princeton University Library, Mudd Ms. Lib, Univ. Archives. John Maclean Papers.
referencedIn Princeton University Library, Dept. Of Rare Books & Mss., Ms. James Henry Coffin Papers.
referencedIn Princeton University Library, Mudd Ms. Lib, Univ. Archives. Trustees' Minutes.
referencedIn College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.) Nassau Hall Missionary Society. Nassau Hall Missionary Society records, 1836-1842. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Coffin, James H. (James Henry), 1806-1873. James Henry Coffin Papers, 1848-1884 Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn Bache, A. D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867. Alexander Dallas Bache Papers, 1821-1869 Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn University Of Virginia Library, Special Collections. [Contact repository for more information].
referencedIn Office of the President Records : Jonathan Dickinson to Harold W. Dodds Subgroup, 1746-1999, 1830-1869 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Princeton University Archives.
referencedIn Benedict Jaeger, Class Book Of Zoology. [Contact repository for more information].
referencedIn Bellamy, Joseph, 1719-1790. Princeton, N.J., manuscript, 1842-1918. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Princeton University Library, Dept. Of Rare Books & Mss., Ms. John R. Buhler Diary (My Microscope).
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associatedWith Allen, William, 1784-1868. person
associatedWith Blair, Francis P. person
correspondedWith Buhler, John R. person
associatedWith Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850. person
associatedWith College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.). Class of 1800. corporateBody
associatedWith College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.) Nassau Hall Missionary Society. corporateBody
correspondedWith Dalrymple, A. Pitney person
correspondedWith Dod, Albert Baldwin person
correspondedWith Elmer, Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus person
correspondedWith Halsey, Joseph J. person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
correspondedWith Hope, M. B. person
correspondedWith Maclean, John (1800 1886) person
correspondedWith Musgrave, G. W. person
correspondedWith Newkirk, M. person
associatedWith Princeton University corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Office of the President. corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Office of the Treasurer. corporateBody
associatedWith Reynolds, William person
correspondedWith Torrey, John person
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Henry, Joseph, Personality, Etc
University of Pennsylvania
Princeton (College Of New Jersey)
Smithsonian Building
Lectures, Popular
Henry, Joseph, Teaching
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Birth 1775-11-15

Death 1859-03-02

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