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New Amsterdam - Famous Descendants

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  • Maj. General Stephen van Rensselaer III (1764 - 1839)
    General Stephen Van Rennselaer was a Major General in the New York State Militia during the War of 1812, and he commanded troops along the northern frontier. Stephen Van Rensselaer was badly defeated...
  • Brig. General Henry van Rensselaer (USA) (1810 - 1864)
    Henry Bell Van Rensselaer (May 14, 1810 – March 23, 1864) was a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and a politician who served in the United States Congress as a Representa...
  • John Updike (1932 - 2009)
    For more information, see Wikipedia or The John Updike Society .
  • Jacob Aaron Westervelt (1800 - 1879)
    See Wikipedia
  • Dennis Hopper (1936 - 2010)
    Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker and artist, with a career that spanned half of the 20th century. Hopper was best known for directing and acting in the 1969 movie Easy Rider which won...
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This project provides an overview of notable, direct descendants of New Amsterdam immigrants (1609-1674).

Wikipedia provides an interesting overview of famous Americans of Dutch descent. On this Geni page, we focus only on direct descendants from the 1609-1674 immigration (not necessarily of Dutch origin).

Famous New Amsterdam descendants

Politics

Media & Entertainment

Business

Science

  • Myndert Van Schaick, founder of New York University

Arts & Literature

  • Keith Haring, artist and social activist
  • John Updike, novelist and poet

Sports