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James Carnahan.

James Carnahan (15 November 1775 – 2 March 1859) was an American clergyman and educator who served as the ninth President of Princeton University.

Born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Carnahan was an 1800 graduate of the school when it was called College of New Jersey. He held positions at churches in New Jersey and New York until moving to Georgetown, District of Columbia in 1814 to teach school for nine years.

He took the President of Princeton University position in 1823. In 1824, he helped to create the Chi Phi Society, a semi-religious, semi-literary organization, which ceased activity the following year when it merged with the Philadelphian Society. During his tenure, enrollment increased from 70 to 250. [1] After retiring in 1854, Carnahan served as a trustee of the college and as president of the board of trustees of the Theological Seminary. He died in Newark, New Jersey.



  1. ^ David F. Allmendinger, Jr. The Strangeness of the American Education Society: Indigent Students and the New Charity, 1815-1840. History of Education Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring, 1971), pp. 3-22

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Preceded by
Ashbel Green
Philip Lindsly (Acting)
President of the College of New Jersey
Succeeded by
John Maclean, Jr.


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