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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   November 6, 2006, Vol. 96, No. 8   prev   next   current

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Maclean House

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the construction of Nassau Hall and Maclean House. To mark the occasion, the University has organized special activities, events and lectures drawing attention to the history of the buildings.


“Maclean House of Princeton University” by William Selden

In addition, a booklet titled “Maclean House of Princeton University” was produced by the Office of Communications. Written by William Selden, a 1934 Princeton alumnus and the author of several other publications on the University, the book describes the history of the house and its residents:

• The yellow house on the front campus was built in 1756 by architect Robert Smith to serve as the residence of the president. The first to live there was Aaron Burr Sr., who moved in with his wife, Esther, daughter Sarah and infant son Aaron Jr., who became a member of the class of 1772 and in 1801 was selected as vice president of the United States. It has endured occupation by British and American troops during the Revolution and played host to countless dignitaries, students and faculty members.

• Maclean House was home to 10 Princeton presidents until 1878, when the University purchased the home now known as Prospect House and began using it as the residence for the president and his family. Maclean then became home to the dean of the faculty and was known for nearly a century as the Dean’s House.

• In 1968, when it became the home of the Alumni Council, it was renamed in honor of John Maclean Jr., founder of the Alumni Association and the last president to occupy the house throughout his administration.


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