Frelinghuysen, Theodorus Jacobus

Frelinghuysen, Theodorus Jacobus

(1691–1748) Protestant clergyman; born in Lingen, Germany. He received a classical education and was ordained in the Dutch Reformed Church in 1717. Sent to America in 1719 as a missionary, he established several churches in the Raritan Valley of New Jersey from 1720 on and is considered a leading force in the establishment of the Dutch Reformed faith in the new world. All five of his sons became ministers.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.