Abraham Bruyn Hasbrouck
Aged: 87.2 years
Abruyn Street in Kingston, New York
From Kingston Historian Edwin Millard Ford's Book Street Whys: Anecdotes and Lore About the Streets of Kingston, New York:
"A deed in the Ulster County Clerk's Office dated January 5, 1853, shows 36 acres of land in the Ponckhockie area being sold by A. Bruyn Hasbrouck and Julia, his wife, and Severyn Bruyn and Catherine, his wife, to George North and Walter B. Crane for $20,000.
Shortly after the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company opened the waterway in 1828, Rondout and Kingston villages began an economic and residential growth. Two Hasbroucks, both named Abraham, became prominent at the same time- Abraham Joseph Hasbrouck, known as "Abraham of the Strand" and Abraham Bruyn Hasbrouck who resided in uptown Kingston on Green Street. To differentiate between them, Abraham Bruyn was generally referred to as A. Bruyn Hasbrouck and signed his name that way. A. Bruyn Hasbrouck was born in Kingston on November 29, 1791, attended Kingston academy, and left at age 15 in 1806 to enroll at Yale University. Upon graduation in 1810, he studied law and opened his practice in Kingston in 1814. In 1840, he was elected President of Rutgers University, holding that office for 10 years. He was a member of the U.S. Congress from 1825 to 1827 and became the president of the first bank in Kingston in 1831, the National Ulster County Bank. He resigned in 1840 to accept the office at Rutgers. Retiring in 1850, he bought an old stone house on the Rondout Creek opposite Eddyville, rebuilt it into a mansion with 200 acres of land and founded the Village of St. Remy, named after Hasbrouck's favorite village in France. He died on February 24, 1879, at age 88.