Rev. John H. Livingston, D.D., was the Grandson of Gilbert Livingston, and great grandson of Robert Livingston, the immigrant. After graduating from Yale,with an A.B.in 1762,he earned an A.M. in 1765. He began his studies in law, but left Yale to study in Holland. There he was graduated from the University of Utrecht in 1767, and earned the degree of D.D. in 1770. He was ordained by the classis of Amsterdam June 5, 1769 and returned to New York to become pastor of The Fulton Street Dutch Reformed Church.
He was married to his second cousin, Sarah Livingston on Nov.16, 1775 in Kingston, NY, by Dominie George Doll. Their son Henry Alexander (#63179799) was born April 26, 1776.
They remained in New York serving the church in the Hudson
Valley region and New York City for 40 years, before he accepted the second offer by Queen's College in New Brunswick of a professorship in 1810 and the presidency of the college. By 1812, he had enough students to open a theological school. Over the years, the college suffered from lack of funds and disagreement over the route it should choose and was forced to close, but reopened ten months after his death.
He has been refered to as "The father of the Dutch Reformed Church in America."
"Though his involvement in the college was minimal, he had given it the prestige of his name. Under his direction, theological instruction had flourished. During his last year in New Brunswick, he had close to 30 students studying for the ministry." Thomas J. Frusciano, University Archivist
The inscription was in Latin and English.
Sacred/to the Memory/of the/Rev. John H. Livingston, D.D.S.T.P./Born at Poughkeepsie, State of New York, May 30th 1746/Educated for the Ministry at the University of Utrecht, in Holland/Called to the pastoral office of the Reformed Dutch Church/in New-York, 1770/ Appointed by the General Synod of the Reformed Dutch Church/ in America, their Professor of Didactic and Polemic/Theology in 1784. And elected to the Presidency of Queen's/College, New-Jersey, in 1810/There in performance of the duties of his office, and blessed in/the enjoyment of mental energy, high reputation, and dis-/tinguished usefulness, he suddenly, but sweetly fell/asleep in Jesus, January 20th, 1825, in the 79th/year of his age, the 55th of his Ministry, and/the 41st of his Professional
labours,/In HIm,/With dignified appearance, extensive erudition, almost unrivalled/talents as a sacred orator and professor, were blended manners/polished, candid and attractive, all ennobled by the entire devo-/tion to his Savior, which became such a servant to yield to such/ a Master.
In token of their gratitude for his services, and veneration/ for his memory, the General Synod have ordered this Monu-/mental Stone to be erected.
Sarah Livingston Livingston
1752–1814 (m. 1776)