Henry Van Hoevenberg
Biographical details
Born(1879-09-01)September 1, 1879
Kingston, New York
DiedSeptember 18, 1955(1955-09-18) (aged 76)
Oakland, California
Playing career
Position(s)End, quarterback
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1900

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

Early life and football careerEdit

Van Hoevenberg was born in 1879 at Kingston, New York.[1] He 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, Van Hoevenberg was hired as the head football coach at Rutgers University, leading the 1902 Rutgers Queensmen football team to a 3–7 record in his only season as head coach.[2][8]

Later life and deathEdit

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 recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Rutgers Queensmen (Independent) (1902)
1902 Rutgers 3–7
Rutgers: 3–7
Total: 3–7
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Henry van Hoevenberg, Jr. 1879-1955". The van Hoevenberg Family.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Van Hoevenberg to Coach Rutgers". The New York Times. September 13, 1902.
  3. "Columbia Played Poorly". The New York Times. October 4, 1900. 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. 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. 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. [[[:Template:NRHP url]] "Photographs of the Henry Van Hoevenberg House"]. National Park Service. Template:NRHP url.
  11. Draft Registration Card dated April 1942 for Henry Van Hoevenberg, born September 1, 1879 at Kingston, New York. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line].
  12. "Henry Van Hoevenberg". Find A Grave.
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