Van Nest Hall was erected in 1845 (third floor was added in 1893). It was named after Abraham Van Nest, born May 8, 1777 near Somerville, NJ and died Sept 14, 1864. He married Margaret Fields of Bound Brook, NJ in 1800 and worked as a saddlery and harness merchant in NYC. He was the President of Greenwich Savings Bank, director of several insurance companies and refused nomination for mayor of NYC. A member of the Board of Trustees, Rutgers College 1823-64. Source: Catalogue of Building and Place Names at Rutgers.