Princeton’s House dry spell

Forty graduates of Princeton University have represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives, starting with Jonathan Dayton, a member of the Class of 1776, who went to Congress in 1790. But Princeton has been in a dry spell: the last Princeton graduate to represent New Jersey in Congress was Peter Frelinghuysen, who was elected in 1952 and retired in 1974. Another Princeton graduate, then-Assembly Minority Leader Thomas Kean, ran for Frelinghuysen’s seat, but lost the GOP primary by less than one hundred votes. Bill Bradley, a member of Princeton’s Class of 1965, represented New Jersey in the United States Senate from 1979 to 1997.

Princeton’s House dry spell