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Berrien was a congressman and native of New Jersey who came from a prominent family of Huguenot descent. He graduated from The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1796, moved to Savannah, Georgia, to study law, was admitted to practice in 1799, and in 1824 was elected to the United States Senate.
The collection consists primarily of several letters by Berrien but includes other Berrien family material. Among the correspondents are James Carnahan (Princeton president), Robert Y. Hayne, Nathaniel Silsbee, andf Thomas Swann. Also included is a manuscript of Berrien family genealogy compiled by Emil Leute (August 16, 1932), a warrant for the arrest of Negro "Sam" (Jan. 18, 1771), a letter to Jonathan Sergeant (treasurer of Prince Town College), a brief biography of Berrien, and an engraved portrait of him signed by Max Rosenthal (1893).
Organized by form--correspondence is first--and then arranged chronologically.
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
Original letter to James Carnahan was a gift of Prof. Henry Clay Cameron. Various AM.
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Finding aid written by James Flannery in January 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
- College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)
- College of New Jersey (Princeton, N. J.). Class of 1796.
- Princeton University
- Manuscripts Division
- Finding Aid Date
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An order to pay Henry Silcock "eighteen shillings and four pence" for painting the college ladder.Physical Description
Thanking him for a copy of Carnahan's address to the senior class.Physical Description
About the confiscation of the lands of Governor Wright.Physical Description
Concerning a prospectus to be sent out by Hayne.Physical Description
On the pending Oregon bill, and a speech Berrien made opposing its passage.Physical Description
Also contains reference to Riker family.Physical Description