Wednesday, November 10, is Rutgers' Charter Day. Read below about the history of the charter. Wear red on November 10 and celebrate Rutgers!
Through several years of effort by Rev. Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen (1691–1747) and Rev. Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh (1736–1790), later the college's first president, Queen's College was chartered on November 10, 1766.William Franklin, the last Colonial governor of New Jersey and Benjamin Franklin's illegitimate son, signs the charter that brings Queen's College into existence. Established to train young men for the ministry in the Dutch Reformed Church, the new college is named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg, consort of King George III.
Read more about the start of rutgers here
. It is a revised version of the Thomas J. Frusciano, niversity Archivist's Charter Day lecture, "From Seminary of Learning to Public Research University: The Changing Face of Rutgers," delivered on November 9, 2006.