Excerpt from Annual Report of the President of Princeton University, 1908
I have the honour to submit my annual report for the year 1908.
The year which has elapsed since my last report 'was pre pared has been marked by the death of two members of this Board: Dr. Elijah R. Craven died on the fifth of January, and the Hon. Grover Cleveland ou the twenty - fourth of June, 1908.
Dr. Craven had been a member of the Board since 1859, a period of nearly half a century, and throughout almost the entire length of his connection with it had acted as its Clerk, an office to the performance of whose duties he gave the painstaking care so characteristic of him. He was guided and stimulated in his. Service of the University, not only by his always exacting con science, but also by a very deep and ardent affection for the Uni versity under whose influence he had been bred, and by an intel ligent comprehension of her needs and obligations. There was. A touch of stern precision in him which made him often the mentor of the Board when it showed any inclination to make haste carelessly or with too little regard for the forms of business; but that did not obscure, for those who really knew him, the essen tial kindness and passion for fair play which were for him the sources alike of judgment and of action. He was just and temperate in counsel, and in whatever he stood firm upon never for got to be loyal and open.
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