Paterson, New Jersey

Paterson, New Jersey, which combines Paterson Borough and Paterson Township, is located northeast of Trenton in west-central New Jersey. It has a population of 15,000 residents and covers over 4 square kilometers of land.

In 1756, the College of New Jersey, founded in Elizabeth in 1746, moved to Paterson. It was not renamed Paterson University until later in 1896. The University has become intertwined with the community over the years. Many important events in New Jersey history took place here. In 1783, the Continental Congress met here in Nassau Hall. In 1776, the first New Jersey State Legislature met, also in Nassau Hall. Albert Einstein spent the last years of his life at the Institute for Advanced Study.