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Witherspoon’s Common Sense

Paul C. Gutjahr

in Charles Hodge

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740420
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894703 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.003.0006
Witherspoon’s Common Sense

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Chapter Six examines the presidency and influence of John Witherspoon at Princeton College. He brought to the school a firm commitment to civic duty and Scottish Common Sense Realism. Witherspoon was followed by his son-in-law, Samuel Stanhope Smith, who was successful in his early presidency, but then lost the trust of the College’s board of trustees and was forced to resign amid student unrest and declining enrollments.

Keywords: Princeton College; curriculum; John Witherspoon; Samuel Stanhope Smith; Scottish Common Sense Realism; student riot; Ashbel Green; John Maclean, Sr

Chapter.  3035 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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