Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh Jr. (1768-1841)

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Person Record Title
Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh Jr. (1768-1841)
Identifier
NJS-PER-00358
Given Name
Jacob Rutsen
Family Name
Hardenbergh
Birth Date
1768
Death Date
1841
Sex
Male
Biographical Description
Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh Jr. (1768-1841) was the son of the first president of Queen's College (later Rutgers). He grew up at his father's parsonage at Raritan (present-day Somerville) and then lived in New Brunswick, NJ, for much of his life. Historical records indicate that he bought and sold enslaved individuals in the late 18th century at the time when he was the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Queen's College.

He attended Queen's College while his father was president and received his degree in 1788. He was an instructor at the college in 1794. He was a trustee of the college for nearly 50 years from 1792 until his death in 1841, serving as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees in 1793-1800 and again in 1833-1835.

He studied law and worked briefly as a lawyer, then went into banking and industry. He was the founder and president of the Bank of New Brunswick, the first bank established in the city, which was known locally as Hardenbergh's bank. He was also the owner of Bloomfield Works (lumber and powder mills), near Spottswood, NJ.
Place of Significance
Old Dutch Parsonage
New Brunswick, NJ
Organization
Rutgers University
Relationship to Rutgers
Alumnus 1788
Instructor (c. 1794)
Trustee (1792-1841)
Secretary of the Board of Trustees (1793-1800, 1833-1835)
Record Contributor
Jesse Bayker

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