Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh, American clergyman, college president. member New Jersey General Assembly.
Hardenbergh, Jacob Rutsen was born in 1736 in Rosendale, New York, United States. Son of Colonel Johannes and Maria (DuBois) Hardenbergh.
Student theology under John Frelinghuysen. Doctor of Divinity, College New Jersey (now Princeton), 1771, A.M. (honorary), 1777. S.T.D., Columbia, 1789.
Ordained to ministry Dutch Reformed Church, 1758 (among 1st of faith to be ordained in American). Leader Coetus, group which sought independence from parent church in Holland and the establishment of Dutch Reformed theological school in American, authorized to petition governing Classis in Amsterdam for independent American, classis, 1763, was refused. Obtained royal charter for founding Queen’s College (now Rutgers University), 1766, appointed to 1st board of trustees 1771, 1st president, 1786-1790.
Reward offered by England for his capture during Revolutionary War because of his ardent support of patriot cause. Delegate Provincial Congress of New Jersey which ratified Declaration of Independence and framed New Jersey Constitution. Member New Jersey General Assembly.