Founded in 1957 in memory of Walter E. Edge, LL.D.
1946, who served twice as Governor of New Jersey and
also as United States Senator and Ambassador to France.
The lectureship is supported by a bequest from his estate
assigned to the University by his family, and supplemented
by additional gifts from them, as a means of bringing
to Princeton eminent statesmen from abroad as well as
leaders in American public life."
Lecturers have included George F. Kennan on "The
United States and the Communist Giants" (1964-1965);
John Kenneth Galbraith on "Labor, Capital and Intelligence:
Comparative Power in Perspective" (1965-1966);
Edward Heath on "When the World Becomes 21"
(1976-1977); Isaac Asimov on "The Future of Man"
(1976-1977); and Christopher Hill on "Milton and
the English Revolution" (1981-1982). Edge, a self-made
man who began his career as a "printer's devil"
in Atlantic City, was lauded as "Princeton's most
distinguished citizen and one of New Jersey's greatest
sons" at the time of his death in 1956.