John Van Brunt

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John Van Brunt

John Van Brunt
Born 17 Feb 1802
Long Island City, NY
Died 1879
20 Jun 1879
Cause of death Englewood
Nationality American
Home town Englewood
Known for Bringing RR to Englewood
Title State Supt of Education
Spouse(s) Margaret Westervelt
Children Peter W. (21 Dec. 1831- 28 Mar 1833); Henry (15 Jan 1834-12 Feb 1924); Adriance (12 Feb. 1836-12 Nov 1913); Francis Westervelt (12 May 1838-Unk); Peter W. (27 Apr. 1840-14 Apr. 1903); Stephen W. (18 Oct 1842-Unk); Maria Jane (11 July 1845-Unk); Margareta Van Brunt Lydecker (Abt 1851- Unk); John Van Brunt (18 Jun 1854-5 Mar 1924). [1][2]

John Van Brunt is notable as he was one of the developers of the Northern Railroad line that runs through Englewood, and one of the early settler/property owners here. He was State Superintendent of education for 20 years and a 2-term State Senator. Van Brunt organized the Bergen County Mutual Assurance Association, and, with Thomas Demarest, parented the Northern railroad , of which he was secretary, treasurer, and director. He owned the general store at Forest and Grand Aves. In 1860, his Palisade ave building, held Squire Miller's offices, the first post office (he was postmaster), and his second store was where the meeting took place to decide the name for the City. "Paliscena" and "Brayton" (A friend of J. Wyman Jones) were suggested, but "Englewood" was ultimately chosen. [3] His Homestead was the showplace of the town.