President's House (Princeton University)

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President's House
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President's House (Princeton University) is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
President's House (Princeton University)
Location Princeton, New Jersey
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Built 1756
Architect Robert Smith
Architectural style Georgian
Part of Princeton Historic District (#75001143)
NRHP Reference # 71000504
NJRHP # 1740[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 17, 1971[2]
Designated NHL July 17, 1971[3]
Designated NJRHP July 17, 1971

The President's House, also known as the John Maclean House, or simply the Maclean House, in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, was built to serve as the home of the President of the College of New Jersey, which later became Princeton University. It was completed in 1756, the same year as Nassau Hall.[4] John Witherspoon lived here from 1768 through 1779, during which time he served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence. George Washington occupied Maclean House in January 1777, during the Battle of Princeton and in 1783 while Congress met in Nassau Hall.[3]

It now serves as the home of the Alumni Association of Princeton University and houses 35 staff, hosts many alumni functions and showcases Princeton memorabilia and a library of Princetoniana.[5]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.[3][6]

See also


  1. "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places — Mercer County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection — Historic Preservation Office. April 5, 2013. p. 8. Retrieved June 4, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Staff (January 23, 2007). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "President's House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved September 9, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 250th Anniversary Celebration of Nassau Hall and Maclean House
  5. Home Page of the Princeton University Alumni Association
  6. Charles W. Snell (February 8, 1971). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Maclean House / President's House (1756–1879) / Dean's House (1879–1968) (pdf). National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> and Accompanying photo, exterior, from 1968 PDF (32 KB)

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