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The borough of Princeton, New Jersey was consolidated with Princeton Township in January of 2013, retaining a borough form of government. Princeton is the home of Princeton University, which has been part of the community since 1756. The first European settler in the area was Henry Greenland, who built a home and tavern there in 1683. Originally part of Stony Brook, the town was known as Princetown and Prince’s Towns before settling on Princeton. During the Revolutionary War, the town was the site of the Battle of Princeton and, in 1777, the town hosted the first Legislature under the New Jersey State Constitution to decide the state’s seal, governor, and organizational structure. Although Trenton is the capital of New Jersey, the Governor's official residence has been in Princeton since 1945. Residents of the town are known as Princetonians.


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