Rutgers President, 1906 to 1924
The Reverend William Henry Steele Demarest (1863–1956), the first alumnus to become president of Rutgers College, was “the personification of old Rutgers,” as Richard P. McCormick has so aptly written. Ancestrally, his connection with the college was almost coexistent with its history. His great-great-grandfather, John Schureman, was a trustee from 1782 until 1795; his great-grandfather, the Reverend Henry Polhemus, was trustee from 1800 until 1816; his maternal grandfather was a trustee from 1825 until 1858 and secretary of the board from 1825 to 1830; and his father, the Reverend David D. Demarest, was a trustee from 1858 until his death in 1898, and secretary of the board from 1866. William Henry Steele Demarest would become Rutgers’ 11th president.