Van Braam Street

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Origin of name Jacob Van Braam

Van Braam Street is named for Jacob Van Braam (1729–1792),[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] hired by George Washington as a French-language interpreter for his 1753 expedition to deliver a letter from Virginia lieutenant governor Robert Dinwiddie (eponym of Dinwiddie Street) to the commandant of the French forces on the Ohio demanding their departure.[9][5][6][7]

Annie Clark Miller uses the spelling Van Bram,[7] but the correct spelling is Van Braam.[3][5]


  1. "Signs for streets: With the names in big letters, to be placed at every corner: Following the Paris style: An attempt to label the city that proved a sad failure: How some streets were named." Pittsburg Dispatch, Aug. 10, 1892, p. 2. 76578361. [view source]signs-for-streets
  2. Julia Morgan Harding. "Names of Pittsburgh streets: Their historical significance." Pittsburgh Bulletin, Feb. 15, 1893. Reprinted in Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt: Early names of Pittsburgh streets, 13th ed., pp. 52–60, Fort Pitt Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1958 (HathiTrust 007074456). [view source]harding
  3. 3.0 3.1 George T. Fleming. "History told in Pittsburgh street names: Some commemorative designations have been lost, but others are still in use to recall the story of their selection: Haphazard municipal nomenclature." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Nov. 29, 1914, sec. 5, p. 2. 85906737. [view source]fleming-history-told
  4. George T. Fleming. "Historic names handed down: Crawford, Baron Steuben and George Rogers Clark among historic characters recalled by some Pittsburgh streets." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Jan. 17, 1915, sec. 5, p. 2. 85751161. [view source]fleming-historic
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 George T. Fleming. "Washington in fight with French: Stirring events in early history of vicinity give Pittsburgh street names: Foes also honored: Magnanimity of De Villiers and misfortunes of Van Braam have been remembered: Patriot's only defeat." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Feb. 21, 1915, sec. 6, [p. 6]. 85898552. [view source]fleming-washington-in-fight
  6. 6.0 6.1 George T. Fleming. "Two hostages of Washington are honored: Captivity of officers left in hands of French is long and arduous ordeal: Stobo serves Wolfe: Pittsburgh street names recall the fall of Quebec and stirring times in early history: Rewards of the hostages." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Feb. 28, 1915, sec. 5, p. 2. 85899118. [view source]fleming-hostages
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Annie Clark Miller. Early Land Marks and Names of Old Pittsburgh: An address delivered before the Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 1923, pp. 26–27. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source]miller
  8. Gilbert Love. "What's in a name? A lot!: Titles of city streets recall persons famed in U. S. history: From Golden Triangle eastward, thoroughfares list great and near great of colonial and revolutionary days." Pittsburgh Press, Feb. 12, 1944, p. 9. 147946752. [view source]love-titles
  9. George Washington. The Journal of Major George Washington: Sent by the Hon. Robert Dinwiddie, Esq; His Majesty's Lieutenant-Governor, and Commander in Chief of Virginia, to the commandant of the French forces on Ohio: To which are added, the governor's letter, and a translation of the French officer's answer. William Hunter, Williamsburg, 1754. An edition printed in London for T. Jefferys in 1754 is reproduced in Hugh Cleland, George Washington in the Ohio Valley, [pp. 8–42], University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, 1955, ISBN 978-0-8229-8362-0 (HathiTrust 000564544; LCCN 55-6874). [view source]washington