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Princeton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Princeton Speech

 
 
Princeton Speech Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2011
1. Princeton Speech Marker
Inscription.  
I could not but think that if the great and noble men whom this institution necessarily recalls, the founders of our country, were here today, as, thanks be to God, they may be invisibly to us, what joy would fill their hearts as they saw the evidence of love of country and of respect for its institutions marked by the presence of the President of the United States and by the invitation, not to me personally but to the Chief Justice, and also by these ceremonies.

I could see them here Washington and those who founded our institutions, and hear them say: “Behold, we have not lived in vain, the love of the country which we founded remains, the institutions of freedom, which we established are not passing off the face of the Earth, but safe in the hearts of its people. The mighty nation which stretches from ocean to ocean will preserve and transmit them to those who are to come as a priceless blessing for the maintenance of the freedom and the liberty of mankind.”

From the speech of the Chief Justice of the United States delivered on the
steps of Nassau Hall at the inauguration of President Hibben on May 11,
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1912.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
 
Location. 40° 20.934′ N, 74° 39.562′ W. Marker is in Princeton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from Nassau Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the grounds of Princeton University, at the entrance to Nassau Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Princeton NJ 08542, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Princeton University (here, next to this marker); Nassau Hall (a few steps from this marker); 250th Anniversary of Princeton University (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Henry House (within shouting distance of this marker); English Boxwood Plants (within shouting distance of this marker); The President’s House (within shouting distance of this marker); Reunion Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Princeton WW2 Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Princeton.
 
Princeton Speech Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2011
2. Princeton Speech Marker
Two tigers, the mascot of Princeton University, flank the steps at Nassau Hall. They were a gift from the Class of 1879.
Nassau Hall Steps image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2011
3. Nassau Hall Steps
Chief Justice Edward Douglass White, Jr. spoke from these steps at the inauguration of Princeton President John Grier Hibben. Hibben served from 1912 to 1932.
Nassau Hall at Princeton University image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 17, 2011
4. Nassau Hall at Princeton University
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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