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Charles HodgeGuardian of American Orthodoxy$
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Paul C. Gutjahr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.001.0001

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Witherspoon’s Common Sense

Witherspoon’s Common Sense

(p.36) 6 Witherspoon’s Common Sense
Charles Hodge

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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

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