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Stephen Van Rensselaer

Stephen Van Rensselaer, American congressman. member of New York Senate (Federalist), 1791-1796; member United States House of Representatives from New York, 17th-20th congresses, 1822-1829.

Background

  • Rensselaer, Stephen Van was born on November 1, 1764 in New York City. Son of Stephen and Catherine (Livingston) Van Rensselaer.

  • Education

    • Attended College of New Jersey (now Princeton). Graduated from Harvard, 1782.

    Career

    • Member New York Assembly (Federalist), 1789-1790, 98, 1818. Member of New York Senate (Federalist), 1791-1796. Lieutenant governor New York, 1795-1801.

      Commissioned major New York Militia, 1801, led unsuccessful attack on Queenston, Ontario, Canada, 1812. Board regents Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, 1819-1839. 1st president New York Board of Agriculture, 1820.

      Member United States House of Representatives from New York, 17th-20th congresses, 1822-1829. Established school (became Rensselaer Institute 1826, later Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), 1824. President Albany Lyceum of Natural History, Albany Inst.

    Membership

    Member of New York Senate (Federalist), 1791-1796. Member United States House of Representatives from New York, 17th-20th congresses, 1822-1829.

    Connections

    • Married Margaret Schulyer, June 6, 1783, 3 children including Henry Bell. Married second, Cornelia Paterson, May 17, 1802, 9 children.
    • father: Stephen Rensselaer
    • mother: Catherine (Livingston) Van Rensselaer
    • spouses: Margaret Schulyer
    • Cornelia Paterson
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    Born November 1, 1764
    Died January 26, 1839
    (aged 74)
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