Hardenberg, Jacobus Rutsen, Dd
Hardenberg, Jacobus Rutsen, D.D.
an eminent minister of the Reformed (Dutch) Church, was born at Rosendale, N. Y., in 1737. His early opportunities of education were limited, but by persevering industry he became a very creditable scholar.
He was ordained by the "Coetus" in 1757, and in the long strife between that party and the "Conferenties" in the Dutch ,Church, he sided with the former. His talents and reputation gave him great influence in the final settlement of these disputes. In 1758 he became pastor of the church at Raritan, N. J. Queen's College (now Rutgers') obtained its charter in 1770. It languished during the Revolution, but was resuscitated, with Dr. Hardenberg at its head as president, in 1786. He died Oct. 80, 1790. — Sprague, Annals, 9:28. SEE REFORMED (DUTCH) CHURCH.