Belcher Peartree Smith

    Belcher Peartree Smith [graduate of Princeton College, class of 1773] was a son of the eminent William Peartree Smith of Elizabethtown, one of the original Trustees of the college.  He studied law after graduation, and practiced in Elizabethtown.  He died in 1787.

[EDITOR'S NOTE:  The above is an excerpt (slightly edited) from: Samuel Davies Alexander, Princeton College During the Eighteenth Century (New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company, 1872), pp. 169-170.

    Belcher Peartree Smith was named in honor of Princeton founder Governor Jonathan Belcher (1682-1757) (governor of New Jersey, 1746-1757), who under the charter of 1748 was ex officio president of the Princeton Board of Trustees.  For further information, see: The Great Seal of the United States and the Belcher Coat of Arms.]

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