Person:Stephen Van Rensselaer (1)

Stephen Van Rensselaer, III
b.1 Nov 1764 New York City
  1. Stephen Van Rensselaer, III1764 - 1839
  2. Philip Schuyler Van Rensselaer1767 - 1824
  3. Elizabeth Van Rensselaer1768 - 1841
m. 6 Jun 1783
  1. Catherine Schuyler Van Rensselaer1784 - 1797
  2. Stephen Van Rensselaer1786 - 1787
  3. Stephen Van Rensselaer, IV1789 - 1868
m. 17 May 1802
  1. Catherine Van Rensselaer1803 - 1874
  2. Henry Van Rensselaer1810 - 1864
Facts and Events
Name Stephen Van Rensselaer, III
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 1 Nov 1764 New York Cityat the home of his grandfather Philip Livingston
Marriage 6 Jun 1783 Schuylerville, Saratoga, New York, United Statesto Margarita Schuyler
Marriage 17 May 1802 New Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[2nd wife]
to Cornelia Paterson
Death[1] 26 Jan 1839 New York City, New York, United States
Alt Death[2] 26 Jan 1839 Albany, New York, United Statesat the family's Manor House
Reference Number? Q323610?
  1. 1.0 1.1 Stephen Van Rensselaer, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

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    Stephen Van Rensselaer III (November 1, 1764January 26, 1839) was a New York landowner, businessman, militia officer, and politician.

    A graduate of Harvard University, at age 21, Van Rensselaer took control of Rensselaerswyck, his family's manor. He developed the land by encouraging tenants to settle it, and granting them perpetual leases at moderate rates, which enabled the tenants to use more of their capital to make their farms and businesses productive.

    Active in politics as a Federalist, Van Rensselaer served in the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate, and as Lieutenant Governor of New York. After the demise of the Federalist Party, Van Rensselaer was a John Quincy Adams supporter, and served in the United States House of Representatives for one partial term and three full ones.

    Van Rensselaer was a supporter of higher education; he served on the board of trustees for several schools and colleges, and was the founder of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was also a civic activist and philanthropist, and was a founder of Albany's public library and the city's Institute of History & Arts.

    Long active in the militia, Van Rensselaer attained the rank of major general; he commanded troops on the New York-Canada border during the War of 1812, but resigned his commission after defeat at the Battle of Queenston Heights.

    After Van Rensselaer's 1839 death, efforts by his sons to collect past due lease payments led to the Anti-Rent War, and the break up and sale of the manor. As the heir to and then owner of one of the largest estates in New York, Van Rensselaer's holdings made him the tenth richest American of all time, based on the ratio of his fortune to contemporary GDP.

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Reynolds, Cuyler. Hudson-Mohawk genealogical and family memoirs: a record of achievements of the people of the Hudson and Mohawk valleys in New York state included within the present counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Washington, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Schenectady, Columbia and Greene. (New York, New York: Lewis Historical Pub., c1911)

    ... General Stephen Van Rensselaer was the eighth Patroon of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck, which became Albany, New York, on the province of New York, passing from the Dutch to the English rule. He was sixth in descent from Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, the first Patroon. He was born in the house of his respected grandfather, Philip Livingston, the signer, in New York City, November 1, 1764, and died in the Manor House at Albany, January 26, 1839, having lived a life which brought him great respect throughout his state and nation, for he had not only been elected lieutenant-governor of New York state, in 1795, and sent to Congress, in 1823, but he had served his country as an officer on the battlefield in the war of 1812. Besides this, he was a philanthropist in the cause of education. ...

    ... General Stephen Van Rensselaer had twelve children, fifty-one grandchildren, and fifty-eight great-grandchildren, and one or two generations before 1910. ...