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The Honorable Reverend Andrew Hunter Jr.


Original Member, admitted 1783

The Honorable Reverend Andrew Hunter, Jr.
1st Secretary of the New Jersey Society 1783-1789

1st Secretary of the New Jersey Society of the Cincinnati
In office
1783 — 1789
Succeeded by James Francis Armstrong
3rd Secretary of the New Jersey Society of the Cincinnati
In office
1797 — 1819
Preceded by James Francis Armstrong
Succeeded by George Clinton Barber

While a student at Princeton Theological Seminary he participated in the “Greenwich, NJ Tea Party” on 22 Dec 1774. Began his service in the Revolutionary War as Brigade Chaplain in Maxwell’s New Jersey Continental Brigade from 1775. Chaplain in Philip van Cortlandt’s Battalion in 1776. Chaplain of the 3rd Regiment NJ Line 1 Jun 1777 and Brigade Chaplain 5 Aug 1778. Chaplain 3rd Regiment 26 Sep 1780. Taken prisoner, then released and rejoined the service. Publicly thanked by General Washington for his valuable aid at the Battle of Monmouth. Served to the close of war. He was the first Secretary of the Society of the Cincinnati in New Jersey 1783-1790 and again 1797-1811. Born in York County, VA on 30 Apr 1750 and died in Washington, DC on 24 Feb 1823. Princeton graduate 1772 and MA Degree 1775. Made a missionary tour through Virginia and Pennsylvania in 1773. Founded the Woodbury Academy School 1791. Principal of a school near Trenton, NJ from 1794. From 1804 to1808 he was Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Princeton. Trustee of Princeton 1788 to 1804 and 1808-1811. Member New Jersey State Constitutional Convention 1787. Head of the Bordentown Academy from 1808 to 1810. Chaplain in the US Navy 1810-1823. Chaplain during the War of 1812. Stationed at the Washington Navy Yard in 1811. One of the founders of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis and schoolmaster in the US Naval Service 1812-1813 in Washington, DC. Minister of Presbyterian churches in Woodbury and Blackwood, NJ 1786-1797. Delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church 1789 and 1794. Owner of the Hunter-Lawrence House in Woodbury, NJ from 1792-1798. Freemason and member of Military Lodge #36 in PA and Warrant Master 1782. The first regularly appointed Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey in 1802. Married 1st Nancy Riddle in 1775 and 2nd Mary or Annis Stockton, a daughter of Richard Stockton, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. [Sources: M; H; (66); (98); (C); City of Woodbury- Historic Buildings; www.famousamericans.et; “Who Was Who in American History”; “Who Was Who in the American Revolution”; Georgeia Society (SAR) Chaplaincy Corps; “Naval Officers of the War of 1812”. Pic: (J); Vertical Files at Anderson House.]