Matthew Leydt

Matthew Leydt

Matthew Leydt (1755–1783) was the first graduate of Queen's College (now Rutgers College of Rutgers University) in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Matthew was the son of Syntje Slegt (1729–1763) (also spelled Tryntje Slecht or Sleight) and the Rev. Johannes Leydt (1718–1783), minister of the Dutch Reformed congregation at New Brunswick and at Six Mile Run in Franklin Township (both from 1748 until his death), and Trustee of Queen's College[1]Matriculating as a sophomore when instruction began in 1771, he graduated at the age of 19 with a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in 1774 —constituting the college's entire first graduating class. While at Queen's, Leydt studied under Frederick Frelinghuysen, the college's first tutor.[2]

After graduation, Leydt was licensed to entered the ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1778, first being supplied by the classis to the Southampton Dutch Reformed Church in Neshaminy in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he served until his death on November 24, 1783 in North Hampton, Pennsylvania, at the age of twenty-eight.


  1. ^ Franklin Township Public Schools District History, accessed 18 September 2006; and reprinted from William B. Brahms, Franklin Township, Somerset County, NJ: A History, FTPL; ISBN 0-9668586-0-3
  2. ^ Rutgers Through the Years Timeline accessed 18 September 2006

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