Jacob R. Van Rensselaer

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Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer (born September 27, 1767 in Claverack , New York Province, † September 22, 1835 in New York City ) was an American lawyer and politician .


Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer, son of Cornelia Rutsen (1746-1790) and Robert Van Rensselaer (1740-1802), a brigadier general during the War of Independence , was during the reign of King George III. Born and raised in Columbia County . He attended Washington Seminary . In 1787 he graduated from Yale University . He studied law and was admitted to the bar. During the British-American War , he commanded troops drafted in Columbia County and helped defend New York City.

Van Rensselaer was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1800, 1808, 1808-1809, 1811, 1812-1813, 1814, 1814-1815, and 1819 . From 1812 to 1813 he held the post of speaker . He was Secretary of State of New York from 1813 to 1815 . In 1821 he took part as a delegate to the New York Constituent Assembly .

He was married to Cornelia De Peyster. After his death in New York City, his body was transferred to Claverack, where he was buried in the Reformed Dutch Church cemetery.

His home, the Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer House and Mill Complex , is listed on the National Register of Historic Places .


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