Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, U.S. Congress

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Jeremiah Van Rensselaer

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Birthplace: "Rensselaerswyck", Watervliet, New York
Death: February 19, 1810 (71)
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Major Johannes Janse Van Rensselaer; Engeltie 'Angelica' Robertse Van Rensselaer and Angelica Van Rensselaer
Husband of Judith Van Rensselaer; Judith Van Rensselaer and Lena Van Rensselaer
Father of John Jeremias Van Rensselaer; Johannes "John" Jeremiah Van Rensselaer and Solomon Van Vechten Van Rensselaer
Brother of Catharine “Kitty” Schuyler; Robert Van Rensselaer; James Van Rensselaer; Hendrick Johannes Van Rensselaer and Johannes Van Rensselaer

Occupation: US Congressman. Elected to represent New York's 6th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1789 to 1791. Also served as Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1801 to 1804.,
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About Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, U.S. Congress

Jeremiah Van Rensselaer (August 27, 1738 – February 19, 1810) was a Representative from New York to the United States Congress. He was the father of Solomon Van Vechten Van Rensselaer and cousin of Killian Van Rensselaer, who were also Representatives.

Jeremiah Van Rensselaer was born in New York, the son of John Van Rensselaer (1708–1793) and Engeltie Livingston Van Rensselaer who died before Jeremiah was 10. He was tutored at their manor house "Rensselaerswyck", attended private school in Albany, New York, and attended college at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) where he graduated in 1758.

He married Judith Bayard in 1760, but after she died, he married Lena Lansing and in February 1764 and they had one child, Solomon Van Vechten Van Rensselaer.

Rensselaer became a land agent, merchant, and surveyor. In 1766, he was a signer of the constitution of the Albany Sons of Liberty and became a member of the Albany Committee of Safety. During the American Revolutionary War he was commissioned as an ensign in the third regiment of the New York Line where be served as a paymaster.

He was elected to the First United States Congress and served from March 4, 1789 to March 3, 1791, but lost his bid for reelection to the Second Congress.

He was member of the New York State Assembly in 1789. In 1791 he was a member of the first board of directors of the Bank of Albany, and from 1798 through 1806 he was the president of the bank.

Van Rensselaer was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1801 to 1804, under Governor George Clinton. He was curator of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary at Albany in 1804.

He died in Albany and was buried in the Dutch Reformed Cemetery, but his body was later moved Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, New York.


According to these books, however, Jeremiah Van Rensselaer - son of Johannes Van Rensselaer and Angelica Livingston, husband of Judith Bayard - died in 1769:

https://books.google.com/books?id=0UBHAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA283 https://books.google.com/books?id=ZuwpAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA1149 https://books.google.com/books?id=NGYKAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA195 https://books.google.com/books?id=iNIUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA1341

According to this book, a Jeremiah Van Rensselaer who was lieutenant governor of NY was born in 1741 and died on February 22, 1820:

https://books.google.com/books?id=6jABAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA539

According to this book, a Jeremiah Van Rensselaer who was lieutenant governor of NY died on February 22, 1810, aged 69 (i.e. born in 1740 or 1741):

https://books.google.com/books?id=frpcAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA809

According to this book, a Jeremiah Van Rensselaer who was lieutenant governor of NY was born in 1741 and died on February 22, 1822. (Also according to that book, he was the brother of a Stephen Van Rensselaer, who was also a lieutenant governor of New York, born November 1764, died January 26, 1839):

https://books.google.com/books?id=3W8sAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA675

But it is unlikely they were brothers, as according to this book, Stephen's father (also Stephen) was born June 1742, married Catherine Livingston January 23, 1764, and died October 19, 1769:

https://books.google.com/books?id=b4k-AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA14

According to a will dated July 28, 1807 (and probated February 23, 1810), a Jeremiah Van Rensselaer mentions his brothers Peter and Killian and sisters Margaret Nicoll and (late) Catharine Wendell:

https://www.nysm.nysed.gov/albany/wills/willjevr5085.html

And based on this clue, I found this source saying Jeremias, Peter, Kiliaen, Margaret, and Catherine (along with a John and David) were children of Henry Van Rensselaer and a "Mrs. Jacob Rutsen":

https://books.google.com/books?id=dIUaAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA584

And finally a source agreeing that "There is a persistent error that the above Jeremiah Van Rensselaer was the son of John Van Rensselaer and his wife Engeltje Livingston. The said John Van Rensselaer made his will on May 25, 1782 in which he entails his land to: 'my grandson, John Van Rensselaer, son of my deceased son Jeremiah Van Rensselaer' It is very clear that John Van Rensselaer’s son Jeremiah did not live to be Lieutenant Governor of New York State from 1801-1804, let alone live until 1810."

https://sites.google.com/site/vanrensselaerramblings/jeremiah-van-rensselaer-1740---1810

According to this book, Lt. Governor Jeremiah Van Rensselaer was the son of Hendrick Van Rensselaer and Elizabeth Van Brugh:

https://books.google.com/books?id=GQM7AQAAIAAJ&pg=PA281


https://books.google.com/books?id=0UBHAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA283

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Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, U.S. Congress's Timeline

1738
August 27, 1738
"Rensselaerswyck", Watervliet, New York
1762
1762
1769
1769
1774
August 6, 1774
New York, New York County, New York, United States
1810
February 19, 1810
Age 71
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States
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