Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Princeton

PRINCETON, a town in Mercer co., N. J., on the Delaware and Raritan canal, near the Millstone river, and on a branch of the Pennsylvania railroad; 10 miles N. E. of Trenton. It contains waterworks, gas and electric lights. National, State, and savings banks, and weekly newspapers. Princeton is chiefly known as the seat of the College of New Jersey, officially called Princeton University (q. v.). The battle of Princeton took place at the bridge on Stony Brook, about 3 miles W. of the town. During the engagement, which was very severe, General Mercer fell mortally wounded. The action resulted in a decisive victory for the Continental army. The British lost nearly 200 in killed and wounded, and 230 captured. The American loss was about 37. After his retirement ex-President Cleveland made his home in Princeton. Pop. (1910) 5,136; (1920) 5,917.