John Grier Hibben (April 19, 1861 - May 16, 1933) was a Presbyterian minister, a philosopher, and educator. He served as president of Princeton University from 1912-1932, succeeding Woodrow Wilson and implementing many of the reforms started by Wilson.His term as President began after the term of Acting Princeton President Stewart, who served for two years after Wilson's departure.Hibben was born in Peoria, Illinois, just before the start of the American Civil War, on the day when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a blockade of the Southern ports. He was the only son of the Rev. Samuel and Elizabeth (Grier) Hibben.
The Hibbens were of Scottish and Scots-Irish descent. His father came from Hillsboro, Ohio, to the pastorate of the Presbyterian church in Peoria, and on the outbreak of the American Civil War volunteered for service as a chaplain in the Union Army. He died in 1862 of one of the fevers prevalent in the camps. After his death, his widow, then a very young woman with a son one year old, was faced with serious financial problems.