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Brig. Gen. Henry Bell Van Rensselaer

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Manor House, Albany, NY, USA
Death: March 23, 1864 (53)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States (typhoid)
Place of Burial: Queens, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. General Stephen van Rensselaer III and Cornelia Bell Paterson Van Rensselaer
Husband of Elizabeth Ray van Rensselaer
Father of Mary Screven; Cornelia Van Rensselaer; Stephen Van Rensselaer; Henry Van Rensselaer; Euphemia Van Rensselaer and 5 others
Brother of William Paterson Van Rensselaer; Philip Stephen Van Rensselaer; Alexander Van Rensselaer; Euphemia White Cruger and Rev Cortlandt Van Rensselaer
Half brother of General Stephen Van Rensselaer IV

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About Brig. Gen. Henry Bell Van Rensselaer

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 Representative from the state of New York.

Henry Van Rensselaer was born at the manor house in Albany, New York. He was the son of Stephen Van Rensselaer, who was also a Representative and founder of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Henry graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1831. He was commissioned brevet Second Lieutenant of the Fifth Regiment, United States Infantry on July 1, 1831, and resigned January 27, 1832. He then engaged in agricultural pursuits near Ogdensburg, New York.

Van Rensselaer was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1841 to March 3, 1843. He was then associated with mining enterprises. Upon the outbreak of the American Civil War he reentered the military service with the rank of brigadier general in the Union Army, and was appointed chief of staff under General Winfield Scott. He served as inspector general with the rank of colonel from 1862 until his death. He was a director of the Northern Railroad (later the Rutland Railroad), but resigned to help found the Ogdensburg, Clayton and Rome Railroad.[1]

Van Rensselaer died in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was interred in the Grace Episcopal Churchyard, in Jamaica, Queens in New York City.

Van Rensselaer's wife was Elizabeth Ray King, a granddaughter of Rufus King. The couple were the great-grandparents of both Floyd Crosby and Jane Wyatt.

Birth: May 14, 1810 Albany Albany County New York, USA Death: Mar. 23, 1864 Cincinnati Hamilton County Ohio, USA

US Congressman. An 1831 graduate of the United States Military Academy, he resigned his commission on January 27, 1832 to pursue his agricultural interests. Elected to the United States House of Representatives under the Whig ticket, he served one term, from March 4, 1841 to March 3, 1843; then became associated with various mining enterprises. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he reentered the Army as a Brigadier General and was appointed as General Winfield Scott's Chief of Staff. He then served as the Inspector General from 1862 until his death. (bio by: Thom Painter)

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 Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764 - 1839)
 Cornelia Bell Paterson Van Rensselaer (1780 - 1844)

 Elizabeth Ray King Van Rensselaer (1815 - 1900)*

 John K Van Rensselaer (1847 - 1908)*

 Catherine Schuyler Van Rensselaer (1784 - 1787)**
 Stephanus Van Rensselaer (1786 - 1787)**
 Stephen van Rensselaer (1789 - 1868)**
 William Paterson Van Rensselaer (1805 - 1872)*
 Philip Stephen Van Rensselaer (1806 - 1871)*
 Cortlandt Van Rensselaer (1808 - 1860)*
 Henry Bell Van Rensselaer (1810 - 1864)
 Euphemia White Van Rensselaer Cruger (1816 - 1888)*
 Westerlo Van Rensselaer (1820 - 1844)*
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Burial: Grace Episcopal Churchyard Jamaica Queens County New York, USA

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Brig. Gen. Henry Bell Van Rensselaer's Timeline

May 14, 1810
Albany, NY, USA
Age 23
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October 29, 1838
Age 28
Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York, United States
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July 17, 1847
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Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York, United States
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Albany, Albany County, New York, United States