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Witherspoon statue unveiled

Former President Harold T. Shapiro and Vivian Shapiro represented Princeton Friday at the unveiling of a statue of John Witherspoon at Scotlands University of Paisley. A twin copy of the 9-foot-tall, bronze statue will be erected on the Princeton campus in the fall.

Among the other participants at the dedication were Princess Anne, internationally renowned sculptor Alexander Stoddart, and officials from the American consulate and the University of Paisley.

Witherspoon, the sixth president of Princeton, was a clergyman in Paisley in the mid-1700s. The only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence, Witherspoon was a leading member of the Continental Congress.

He arrived from Scotland to become president of Princeton in 1768 and served for a quarter of a century until his death in 1794.

The statue will follow Witherspoons path when it comes to Princeton in the fall, traveling by boat to Philadelphia and over land to Princeton. It will be installed near Firestone Library and dedicated in November.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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