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CARNAHAN, James, educator, born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, 15 November, 1775; died in Newark, New Jersey, 2 March, 1859. He was graduated at Princeton in 1800, and continued there until 1803 as tutor. After studying theology under Dr. John Me-Millan, he was licensed by the presbytery of New Brunswick at Baskingridge in April, 1804, and preached in the vicinity of Hackettstown, Oxford, and Knowlton, New Jersey In January, 1805, he was ordained pastor of the united churches of Whitesboro and Utica, New York, and remained there until 1814, when he removed to Georgetown, District of Columbia, where he taught school for nine years. He was then elected president of Princeton College, and, after being inaugurated in August, 1828, remained in that capacity until June, 1854. From 1854 until his death he was one of the trustees of the College, and in 1848 elected president of the board of trustees of the Princeton theological seminary.
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