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Livingston, John Henry 1746- Clergyman; born at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., May 30, 1746; graduated at Yale College in 1762; and studied theology at Utrecht, Holland, where he was ordained by the Classis of Amsterdam. While in Holland he successfully worked for the independence of the American Dutch Reformed Church from the Dutch Classis. He settled as a pastor in New York; but when that city was taken possession of by the British he went on foot to Albany, and thence to Kingston, and finally to Poughkeepsie, whence, at the close of the war, he returned to New York. He was held in high esteem by his denomination; and in 1807 was chosen president of Queen's (now Rutgers) College, at New Brunswick, N. J., which post he held until his death, Jan. 20, 1825.