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 Henry Rutgers

Henry Rutgers

Birth
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 17 Feb 1830 (aged 84)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 28, Lot 10776
Memorial ID 6405221 · View Source
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Patriot, Revolutionary War colonel, New York State legislator, civic leader, and philanthropist, Henry Rutgers' only memorial is the State University of New Jersey which bears his name. Although long believed to have been interred in Belleville, New Jersey, a recent investigation by Rutgers University revealed that he had been buried in and exhumed from two Dutch Reformed Lower Manhattan cemeteries, both defunct since the mid-1800s, before finally coming to rest in a mass grave in Brooklyn. The site, marked by a plain, flat concrete slab bearing only the initials D.R.C.-N.Y. for "Dutch Reformed Church-New York," would probably have pleased Rutgers, a modest man who insisted that "no fuss" be made at his passing. Born into a wealthy, enterprising New York family, he was the son of Hendrick and Catharine De Peyster Rutgers. In 1766 he graduated from Columbia University and became a passionate advocate of American independence, the cause for which he later fought and was wounded during the Revolutionary War. His post-war life was dedicated to public service and philanthropy. In 1816-17 he resided in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he saved local Queen's College from insolvency. The college subsequently thrived, and in 1825 was renamed "Rutgers." He died 5 years later at the age of 84. Although Rutgers was never buried in Belleville, University groups have undertaken the restoration of its Dutch Reformed churchyard in tribute to the dozens of Revolutionary War soldiers buried there.

Bio by: Nikita Barlow


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  • Added: 9 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6405221
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Rutgers (7 Oct 1745–17 Feb 1830), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6405221, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .