Ashbel Green, D.D.
- May 19
) was an American Presbyterian
minister and academic. He served as a sergeant
of the New Jersey militia
during the American Revolution
, and went on to study with Dr. John Witherspoon
and graduate valedictorian
from Princeton University
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.