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Ashbel Green, D.D. (July 6, 1762May 19, 1848) was an Americanmarker Presbyterian minister and academic. He served as a sergeant of the New Jerseymarker militia during the American Revolution, and went on to study with Dr. John Witherspoon and graduate valedictorian from Princeton Universitymarker in 1783. Green later became the third Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives from 1792 to 1800, and the eighth (and highly unpopular, due to what many students saw as his heavy-handed leadership style) President of Princeton University, from 1812 to 1822.

He emancipated his family's slave Betsey Stockton in 1817, taught her and recommended her as a missionary to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, making her the first single female overseas missionary. He also published a periodical entitled the Christian Advocate.

Green married Elizabeth Stockton on November 3, 1785. They had three children: Robert Stockton Green (1787-1813), Jacob Green (1790-1842), and James Sproat Green (1792-1862), the latter of whom served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and was the father of Robert Stockton Green (1831-1895), Governor of New Jersey. After his first wife died in January 1807, he married Christina Anderson in October 1809. They had one child: Ashbel Green, Jr. (b. 1811).


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