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I'm not a real historian.   I didn't grow up in Princeton.    I don't have an Ivy League education.   

I'm a total Princeton WannaBe. 

Still, I gush about loving the heart of Princeton as much as I can!




Today, Only FOREVER AGO, the cornerstone for the nation's capitol is listed as a historical event .... I got a problem with that ....

Okay, so EVERY history book will tell you that today, in 1793 George laid the cornerstone for the nation's capitol building. 

Here's something I think they should add:  In 1783,  the Continental Congress met in Princeton and received the Treaty of Paris.  (The Treaty basically meant the planet agreed we were a free nation .....).

Because our representatives were in Nassau Hall when we received this word, Nassau Hall is TECHNICALLY the first Capital of the United States ....

Elias Boudinot was the President of that Continental Congress, so he was TECHNICALLY the first President of the United States ....

(Look at the right on the inside of the Princeton University gates - you'll see a plaque telling you Nassau Hall was the first capitol!  TRUE!)

Because Elias Boudinot was the President of the Continental Congress in 1783 and was staying at Morven when this all happened , TECHNICALLY Morven is  the nation's first White House.

I know D.C. and Philly like to dominate the Revolutionary War tourism market but REAL smartypants know that the Battle of Princeton and the delivery of this Treaty make Princeton the reason for the revolutionary season!


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