Van Zandt, Abraham Brooks, Dd, Lld
Van Zandt, Abraham Brooks, D.D., LL.D.
a Presbyterian minister, was born November 16, 1816, in Albany Coutnty, N.Y. His preparatory education was acquired under private tutors at Auburn and Schenectady; he graduated from Union College in 1840, teaching the grammar-school at Schenectady during the last half of his senior year, and for the same time after his graduation; studied at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1840 to 1842; was licensed by the Presbytery of Troy, February 18 of the latter year, and ordained by the Presbytery of North River, at Matteawan, Dutchess County, June 29 following; on the same -day he was also installed pastor of the Matteawan Church,from which he was released October 29 following; was pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church of Newburgh from 1842 to 1849; of the Tabb Street Presbyterian. Church at Petersburg, Virginia, from 1849 to 1856; of the Central Reformed Dutch Church on Ninth Street, New York city, from 1856 to 1859; of the Reformed Dutch Church at Montgomery, N.Y., from 1860 to 1872; was inaugurated professor of didactic and polemic theology in the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Dutch Church at New Brunswick, N.J., September 24 of the same year. On account of ill-health he was released from the active duties of this professorship, June 3, 1881, but was continued as professor emeritus until his death, July 21 following. He was a man of marked ability, an eloquent and scriptural preacher, and one-of the foremost scholars of his denomination. See Necrol. Report of Princeton Theol. Sem. 1882, page 43.