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Clergyman , University president

Ashbel Green, American clergyman, university president. member General Assembly Presbyterian Church, 1790-1839.


Green, Ashbel was born on July 6, 1762 in Hanover, New Jersey, United States. Son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Pierson) Green.


Graduated from College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1782. Honorary Doctor of Laws, U. North Carolina, 1812.


Born in Hanover Township, New Jersey, Green served as a sergeant of the New Jersey militia during the American Revolutionary War, and went on to study with Dr. John Witherspoon and graduate as valedictorian from Princeton University in 1783. Green later became the third Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives from 1792 to 1800, the eighth (and highly unpopular, due to what many students saw as his heavy-handed leadership style) President of Princeton University, from 1812 to 1822, and the second President of the Bible Society at Philadelphia (now known as the Pennsylvania Bible Society) after having been one its founding members in 1808. He emancipated his family's slave Betsey Stockton in 1817, taught her and recommended her as a missionary to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, making her the first single female overseas missionary.

He also published a periodical entitled the Christian Advocate. Green married Elizabeth Stockton on November 3, 1785. They had three children: Robert Stockton Green (1787–1813), Jacob Green (1790–1842), and James Sproat Green (1792–1862), the latter of whom served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and was the father of Robert Stockton Green (1831–1895), Governor of New Jersey.

They had one child: Ashbel Green, Jr.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Sermons on the Assembly Catechism, 1818. Presbyterian Missions, 1820. Discourse Delivered in the College of New Jersey, 1822.


Green was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1814.


Married Elizabeth Stockton, 1785. Married second, Christiana Anderson, 1809.

Jacob Green

Elizabeth (Pierson) Green

Elizabeth Stockton

Christiana Anderson