People in Hartwick History


From left to right: Sternberg, Stephenson, Cooper, Branson

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg was one of the executors of John Christopher Hartwick's will...and also the first elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

William Cooper was John Christopher Hartwick's land agent...as well as the founder of Cooperstown and father of James Fenimore Cooper.

John Christopher Hartwick died at the home of Robert R. Livingston...the negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase.

Jeremiah Van Rensselaer was one of the executors of John Christopher Hartwick's will...and also a lieutenant governor of New York.

Aaron Burr was the lawyer retained by the executors to study the will...and also a Vice President of the United States.

Isaac Newton Arnold attended the Seminary in 1831-32 and served as a Republican congressman of Illinois, and introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives, calling for a constitutional amendment ending slavery throughout the United States. Arnold's resolution was the first formal step taken by a member of Congress toward the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865.

George Miller Sternberg (Class of 1853) was a teacher at Hartwick Seminary...as well as a brigadier general and Surgeon General of the U.S. Army.

Samuel Nelson was a member of the Board of Trustees of Hartwick Seminary...and a Supreme Court justice.

William C. Bouck was a member of the Board of Trustees of Hartwick Seminary...and a governor of New York.

Herman Russell Branson was a member of the College Board of Trustees... and a consultant to the Atomic Energy Commission.

John A. Quitman was the first assistant teacher at Hartwick Seminary...and a major general during the Mexican War, as well as a governor and U.S. Senator in Mississippi.

Arnulfo Arias was a student at Hartwick Seminary...and a president of Panama.

Marion Stephenson was a chair of the College Board of Trustees...and a president of NBC Radio.