Henry Rutgers (1745-1830)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 29 1/4 x 24 1/4 in. ( 74.3 x 61.6 cm )
Henry Rutgers, philanthropist and benefactor of Rutgers College, was born in New York into a wealthy, landed family. He served as regent of the New York State University from 1802 to 1826, and as a trustee of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) from 1804 to 1817; from 1816 to 1821 he was a trustee of Queen's College (now Rutgers), a struggling institution which he and its new president, Rev. Dr. Philip Milledoler, helped to revive. The institution was renamed in his honor at that time.
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Gift of P. R. Bonnett
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