119. Norman Thomas


Norman Thomas ’1905, here dressed in his 50th Reunion garb, was a six-time Socialist presidential candidate.  “Some things in life justify themselves emotionally, without necessity for analytic reasoning,” he once said. “On the whole, Princeton reunions fall in that category. In my moralizing moments, I may regret that reunions are too greatly inspired by the prayer: ‘Make me a sophomore again just for tonight,’ which… with the aid of a sometimes excessive consumption of the spirituous, rather than the spiritual, often seems to be granted.” According to his 50th Reunion record, even those classmates who violently opposed his opinions found Thomas to be “a man of the highest dignity.”  He is quoted on the walls of the Frist Campus Center.

  • To learn more about Norman Thomas, see quotation #25.

  • To learn more about Princetonians in national service, see quotation #3, 8, 11, 17, 19, 20, 21, 25, 33, and 41, and Café Vivian picture #5, 15, 35, 41, 42, 74, 107, and 110.

  • To learn more about Princeton Reunions, see icon #10 and 11, and Café Vivian picture #54, 67, 112, and 132.