Teunis Garret Bergen
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 2nd district
March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1867
|Preceded by||Martin Kalbfleisch|
|Succeeded by||Demas Barnes|
|Born||October 6, 1806|
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||April 24, 1881 (aged 74)|
Brooklyn, New York
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Roelof Van Brunt Bergen|
|Children||Garrett T Bergen|
|Alma mater||Erasmus Hall Academy|
|Profession||farmer, surveyor, politician, writer, historian|
|Branch/service||New York State Militia|
|Unit||Two Hundred and Forty-first Regiment|
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bergen was the son of Garrett and Jane Wyckoff Bergen and the second cousin of John Teunis Bergen, also a U. S. Representative from New York. He attended the common schools and Erasmus Hall Academy (in Flatbush). He married Elizabeth Roelof Van Brunt on December 19, 1827, and they had one son, Garrett T. Bergen.
Bergen engaged in agricultural pursuits and surveying, and was supervisor of New Utrecht, Kings County, New York from 1836 to 1859. He was a member of the New York constitutional conventions in 1846, 1867, and 1868, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions at Baltimore and Charleston in 1860.
Bergen was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-ninth Congress and served as U. S. Representative for the second district of New York holding office from March 4, 1865 to March 3, 1867. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1866 and resumed agricultural pursuits and surveying near New Utrecht, and also engaged in literary and historical work.
New York City (NYC) Public School 9 in Brooklyn, NY (PS 9 Teunis G. Bergen) was named after Teunis G. Bergen. His name was also given to a street and two subway stations in Brooklyn, (the 2 and 3 trains running along Flatbush Ave and the F and G trains along Court Street).
The Teunis G. Bergen School was renamed in 2019 to Sarah Smith Garnet Public School 9[]after a movement to remove the slaveholding Bergen family name from a school whose students are 40 percent African American. An article surfaced from June 14th, 1819, in which Teunis' uncle, Teunis J. Bergen, and Michael Bergen had placed an ad offering a reward of $40 for the return of Sam and Dinah, an African American couple who had escaped from slavery on the Bergen estate along with their three-year-old child.
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- United States Congress. "Teunis G. Bergen (id: B000406)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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from New York's 2nd congressional district