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It was founded in 1683 by a European colonist, who established a house and a tavern.
Today, besides being known for its illustrious university, Princeton is known for its colonial architecture and layout, its beautiful downtown area, and its intellectual events.
People Born in Princeton
Princeton in People's Lives
Samuel Finley: I served as the fifth President of Princeton University, and was one of the original trustees of the school. I was President from 1761 - 1766. While serving as the head of the university, I also frequently gave applauded sermons. It is thought that I planted the sycamore trees in front of the university president's home. I left the university in the autumn of 1766 after falling ill, and went to recieve medical treatment in Philadelphia. I never returned.
William Shippen: I attended Princeton University here from 1750 - 1754. I was only 14 years old when I entered the university, and I graduated at 18, whereupon I went back to Philadelphia to begin practicing medicine under my father.