Teunis G. Bergen

Teunis Garret Bergen
Hon. Tennis G. Bergen, N.Y - NARA - 526036.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1867
Preceded byMartin Kalbfleisch
Succeeded byDemas Barnes
Personal details
BornOctober 6, 1806 (1806-10-06)
Brooklyn, New York
DiedApril 24, 1881 (1881-04-25) (aged 74)
Brooklyn, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Roelof Van Brunt Bergen
ChildrenGarrett T Bergen
Alma materErasmus Hall Academy
Professionfarmer, surveyor, politician, writer, historian
Military service
Branch/serviceNew York State Militia
UnitTwo Hundred and Forty-first Regiment

Teunis Garret Bergen (October 6, 1806 – April 24, 1881) was an American politician and a United States Representative from New York.


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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.

Having served as ensign, captain, adjutant, and lieutenant colonel, Bergen was colonel of the Two Hundred and Forty-first Regiment, New York State Militia (known as Kings County Troop).


Bergen died in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, on April 24, 1881 (age 74 years, 200 days). He is interred at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.[4]

Credited Eponyms[edit]

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 9Sarah J. Garnetafter a movement to remove the slaveholding Bergen family name from a school whose students are 40 percent African American. An article surfaced from June 14, 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Teunis G. Bergen". Geni.com. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Teunis G. Bergen". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Teunis G. Bergen". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Teunis G. Bergen". Find A Graver. Retrieved 31 August 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Martin Kalbfleisch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Demas Barnes