Library of Congress
FRELINGHUYSEN, Theodore (1787-1862)

FRELINGHUYSEN, THEODORE, (son of Frederick Frelinghuysen, uncle and adoptive father of Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen, great-uncle of Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, great-great-uncle of Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen, Jr., and great-great-great-uncle of Rodney P. Frelinghuysen), a Senator from New Jersey; born in Millstone, N.J., March 28, 1787; pursued classical studies and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1804; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1808 and commenced practice in Newark, N.J.; served as captain of Volunteer Militia in the War of 1812; attorney general of New Jersey 1817-1829, when he resigned; declined the office of justice of the State supreme court in 1826; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1826; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the United States Senate in 1828 and served from March 4, 1829, to March 3, 1835; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Twenty-eighth Congress); resumed the practice of law in Newark, N.J.; mayor of Newark 1837-1838; chancellor of New York University 1839-1850; very active in religious organizations throughout his life; vice president of the American Colonization Society; unsuccessful Whig candidate for vice president on the ticket with Henry Clay in 1844; president of Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N.J., from 1850 until his death in New Brunswick, N.J., April 12, 1862; interment in First Reformed Church Cemetery.

Albany Institute of History and Art
Albany, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Robert Hewson Pruyn papers, 1700-1936 (bulk 1834-1880).

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 2 items.

Hagley Museum and Library
Greenville, DE
Papers: In Wright family papers, 1785-1902 (bulk 1809-1876).

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Jeremiah Evarts papers, 1784-1851.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 4 items (1844-1862) in 2 collections.

New Jersey Historical Society
Newark, NJ
Papers: Correspondence in Joseph P. Bradley papers, 1836-1936; Frelinghuysen family paprs, 1815-1924; and various other collections. Finding aid.

New York University
New York, NY
Papers: In William R. Martin collection, 1829-1851, concerning the history of New York University; and New York University Alumni Association scrapbook, 1839-1886.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (May 11, 1842) to Alexander M. Carter in the Gilder Lehrman collection.

Rutgers University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1817-1856. 51 items. Correspondence and portraits.
Additional Papers: In Henry Woodhull Green letters received, 1844-1893 (bulk 1844); and John Peter Jackson correspondence, 1828-1860.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Evarts family papers, 1753-1960; and Ebenezer Alfred Johnson family papers, 1760-1969.

  • "Theodore Frelinghuysen." The American Review: A Whig Journal of Politics, Literature, Art, and Science 1 (March 1845): 99-103.
  • Chambers, Talbot Wilson. Memoir of the Life and Character of the Late Hon. Theo. Frelinghuysen, LL.D. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1863.
  • Eells, Robert J. Forgotten Saint: The Life of Theodore Frelinghuysen: A Case Study of Christian Leadership. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1987.
  • Warner, Henry Whiting [Theodore Frelinghuysen, presumed author]. An Inquiry into the Moral and Religious Character of the American Government. New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1838.