Biography and History

Andrew Hunter was born in York County, Pennsylvania., but was adopted by his uncle, the Rev. Andrew Hunter, a New Jersey pastor. In 1770 Andrew Hunter entered the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) as a junior, and he graduated in 1772. He studied theology under his uncle, served in the army, had a distinguished record, and received the personal thanks of George Washington for his conduct in the Battle of Monmouth in the Revolutionary War. In 1788 he was elected trustee of the College of New Jersey, and in 1804 he became professor of mathematics and astronomy there.

Source: From the finding aid for C1086