Jeremiah Van Rensselaer
Portrait believed to be Jeremiah Van Rensselaer
|Lieutenant Governor of New York|
|Preceded by||Stephen Van Rensselaer|
|Succeeded by||John Broome|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 6th district
March 4, 1789 – March 3, 1791
|Preceded by||New district|
|Succeeded by||James Gordon|
|Born||August 27, 1738|
Rensselaerswyck, New York, British America
|Died||February 10, 1810 (aged 71)|
Albany, New York, U.S.
(m. 1760; her death 1764)
(m. 1764; her death 1795)
|Children||Johannes Jeremiah Van Rensselaer|
|Parents||Johannes Van Rensselaer|
Jeremiah Van Rensselaer (August 27, 1738 – February 19, 1810), from the prominent Van Rensselaer family, was Lieutenant Governor of New York and a member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York in the 1st United States Congress.
Jeremiah Van Rensselaer was born on August 27, 1738 at the main home of his family's manor, "Rensselaerswyck" in what is now Watervliet, New York. His parents were Johannes Van Rensselaer (1708–1793) and Engeltie "Angelica" Livingston (1698–1747), who married in 1734. He was the third of six children: Catherine (b. 1734), Margarita (b. 1736), Jeremiah, Robert (b. 1740), Hendrick (b. 1742), and James (b. 1747). His mother died before he was 10 years-old and his father remarried, to Gertrude van Cortlandt.
His older sister was Catherine van Rensselaer (1734–1803) who in 1755 married Philip Schuyler (1733–1804), a Revolutionary general and United States Senator from New York. This relationship made him the maternal uncle to Angelica Schuyler (1756-1814), who married British MP John Barker Church, Elizabeth Schuyler (1757-1854), who married Alexander Hamilton, the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, Margarita Schuyler (1758-1801), who married Stephen Van Rensselaer III, the son of Jeremiah's first cousin, Stephen van Rensselaer II (1742–1769), and Philip Jeremiah Schuyler (1768-1835), who also served in the United States House of Representatives.
His younger brother was Robert Van Rensselaer (1740–1802), a Brigadier General during the Revolutionary War, a member of the New York Provincial Congress from 1775 to 1777 and later a member of the New York State Assembly in the 1st, 2nd and 4th New York State Legislatures. Robert's son and Jeremiah's nephew was Jacob Van Rensselaer (1767–1835), a Federalist member of the New York State Assembly and the Secretary of State of New York from 1813 to 1815.
His paternal grandfather was Hendrick van Rensselaer (1667–1740), director of the Eastern patent of the Rensselaerswyck manor, and his paternal grandmother was Catharina Van Brugh, daughter of merchant Johannes Pieterse Van Brugh (1624–1697). He had many noteworthy cousins, including Killian K. Van Rensselaer (1763–1845), who was also a U.S. Representative that served in Congress from 1803 until 1811.
His maternal grandparents were Robert Livingston Jr. (1663–1725) and Margarita Schuyler (b. 1682). His maternal great-grandparents were Pieter Schuyler (1657–1724), the first Mayor of Albany, and Engeltie Van Schaick (d. 1689).
Van 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 he served as a paymaster.
In 1789, he was member of the New York State Assembly. In 1791, he was a member of the first board of directors of the Bank of Albany, and from 1798 through 1806, served as president of the bank. He was a presidential elector in 1800, voting for Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.
In February 1764, after his first wife's death of Yellow Fever, he married Helena "Lena" Lansing.
Although Van Rensselaer only had one son, he had many grandchildren, including:
- Catharina Glen Van Rensselaer (1785–1866), who married Nanning Visscher,
- John Jeremiah Van Rensselaer (b. 1790), who died young,
- Jeremias Van Rensselaer (1796–1871), a well known physician who was the first American to climb Mont Blanc, who first married Charlotte Foster and later Anne F. Waddington,
- Glen Van Rensselaer (b. 1795)
- Elizabeth Bayard Van Rensselaer (b. 1797)
- Cornelius Glen Van Rensselaer (1801–1871), who married Catharine Westerlo Bleecker, daughter of John Bleecker and Elizabeth Van Rensselaer (the daughter of Stephen Van Rensselaer II)
- Archibald Van Rensselaer (b. 1803).
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
|New district|| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 6th congressional district
|Preceded by |
Stephen Van Rensselaer
| Lieutenant Governor of New York |