Rutgers President, 1850 to 1862
A brilliant lawyer, social reformer, educator, known to his contemporaries as the “Christian statesman,” Theodore Frelinghuysen (1787–1862) was no stranger to Rutgers College when he arrived in New Brunswick in 1850 as Rutgers’ seventh president. His father was Frederick Frelinghuysen, the first tutor in Queen’s College and his stepfather was Jacob Hardenbergh, the college’s first president. Born in Millstone in Somerset County, New Jersey, Frelinghuysen attended the grammar school in Queen’s College and eventually went on to Princeton, graduating second in his class in 1804. He entered the law office of Richard Stockton, and in 1808, when he was 21 years of age, he was admitted to the bar.