The College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) was founded by seven Presbyterian leaders (Ebenezer Pemberton, Jonathan Dickinson, Aaron Burr Sr., John Pierson, William Smith, Peter Van Brugh Livingston, and William Peartree Smith) when Governor John Hamilton granted a charter for the college. The college’s founders had previously requested a charter from the late Governer Lewis Morris, a conservative Anglican who denied their request based on the group’s religious beliefs.
Professor Richard Carwadine examines Lincoln's religious beliefs as America's crisis deepened, and looks at the role that the President's religious sentiments played in mobilizing support for the war among Union citizens. Richard Carwardine is Rhodes Professor of American history at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power (2003), which won the Lincoln Prize in 2004.