Henry Van Hoevenberg

Henry Van Hoevenberg
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1879-09-01)September 1, 1879
Kingston, New York
Died September 18, 1955(1955-09-18) (aged 76)
Oakland, California
Playing career
1900–1901 Columbia
Position(s) End, quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1902 Rutgers
Head coaching record
Overall 3–7
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1900

Henry Van Hoevenberg, Jr. (September 1, 1879 – September 18, 1955) was an American football player and coach.

Van Hoevenberg was born in 1879 at Kingston, New York.[1] His father, Henry Van Hoevenberg, Sr. (1849–1928), was a pioneer in the Adirondack Region, for whom Mount Van Hoevenberg is named.


Van Hoevenberg attended Columbia University, where he played for the Columbia Lions football team at the end and quarterback positions from 1900 to 1901.[2][3][4][5][6] He was selected by Walter Camp as a third-team end on his 1900 College Football All-America Team. He graduated from Columbia in 1902 with a law degree.[1][7] In September 1902, he was hired as the head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team.[2] He led the team to a 3–7 record in his only season as head coach.[8]

Van Hoevenberg later moved to Alaska. At the time of the 1910 United States Census he was living in Valez Precinct, Alaska, and was employed as a lawyer.[9] He later lived in Sams Valley in Jackson County, Oregon for 27 years, operating a pear orchard and serving as the president of the Oregon State Horticultural Society.[1] The house he built in 1919 in Jackson County has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Henry Van Hoevenberg, Jr. House.[10]

In 1937, he moved to San Francisco and became a labor negotiator. He moved to Seattle in 1939. From 1939 to 1945, he was employed as a labor negotiator by a consortium of salmon cannery owners.[1] In a draft registration card completed in April 1942, Van Hoevenberg indicated that he was employed by the Alaska Salmon Industry, Inc.[11]

Van Hoevenberg was married to Jessamine Adele Bushnell in 1915. They had a daughter, Vivian Isabelle. Van Hoevenberg died in 1955 at Oakland, California.[1] He was buried at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland, Oregon.[12]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Rutgers Queensmen (Independent) (1902)
1902 Rutgers 3–7
Rutgers: 3–7
Total: 3–7

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Henry van Hoevenberg, Jr. 1879-1955". The van Hoevenberg Family.
  2. 1 2 "Van Hoevenberg to Coach Rutgers". The New York Times. September 13, 1902.
  3. "Columbia Played Poorly". The New York Times. October 4, 1900.(Van Hoevenberg played at right end and quarterback)
  4. "Columbia's First Game Today". The New York Times. October 3, 1900.
  5. "Busy Day For Football: Local Season Will Be Opened by Columbia and Williams". The New York Times. October 4, 1901.
  6. "In the Football World". The New York Times. October 23, 1901.(Van Hoevenberg switched from end to quarterback)
  7. "Football At Columbia". The New York Times. September 14, 1902.
  8. "Harry W. Van Hovenberg [sic] Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse.
  9. Census entry for Henry Van Hoevenberg, born Sept. 1879. Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1910; Census Place: Valdez, Division 3, Alaska Territory; Roll: T624_1750; Page: 43B; Enumeration District: 0007; FHL microfilm: 1375763.
  10. "Photographs of the Henry Van Hoevenberg House" (PDF). National Park Service.
  11. Draft Registration Card dated April 1942 for Henry Van Hoevenberg, born September 1, 1879 at Kingston, New York. Ancestry.com. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line].
  12. "Henry Van Hoevenberg". Find A Grave.

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