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VAN RENSSELAER, Jeremiah, (cousin of Killian Killian Van Rensselaer), a Representative from New York; born in New York on August 27, 1738; completed preparatory studies at the manor house, "Rensselaerswyck," and in private schools in Albany; graduated from Princeton College in 1758; took an active interest in the Revolutionary War; member of the Albany Committee of Safety; elected to the First Congress (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Second Congress in 1790; member of the New York state assembly in 1789; member of the first board of directors of the Bank of Albany in 1792 and president of that bank 1798-1806; lieutenant governor of New York 1801-1804; curator of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary at Albany in 1804; died on February 19, 1810, in Albany, N.Y.; interment in the Dutch Reformed Cemetery; reinterment in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, N.Y.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 2 letters.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: In the Catherine S. Crary Collection, 1724-1826, 1 linear foot Persons represented include Jeremiah Van Rensselaer.

Detroit Public Library
Burton Historical Collection

Detroit, MI
Papers: 1757-1810, 1855. 1 folder. Miscellaneous papers concerning taxes, debts, and similar matters.

Hofstra University
Long Island Studies Institute, West Campus Library

Hempstead, NY
Papers: In the Samuel Spitzbart Miscellaneous Documents, 1760-1885, 34 items. The papers include a letter from Jeremiah Van Rensselaer to the Sons of Liberty in opposition to the sugar act, 1766.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1761-1821. 150 items. Concern matters such as land speculation, debts, and threat of war.
Papers: In the Henry Osgood Du Bois Papers, 1803-1944, 118 items. Other authors include Jeremiah Van Rensselaer.

New York Public Library
Manuscripts and Archives Division

New York, NY
Papers: In the Van Rensselaer-Fort Papers, 1708-1885, 1.5 linear feet. Persons represented include Jeremiah Van Rensselaer.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: N.d., 1 page. A letter from Philip Schuyler to Jeremiah Van Rensselaer regarding the incorporation of the [Hamilton Manufacturing Company]. Schuyler thanks Van Rensselaer for his support of the bill for incorporation.
Papers: 1774, 1 map. A survey map of Dartmouth Patent (Warren, Saratoga, and Hamilton Counties, New York) for Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, James Abeel and 45 others.
Papers: 1778, 2 pages. A voucher from New York (State) Commissioners for Inquiring into Conspiracy to Gerrard Banker, Treasurer of New York State, dating from April 13, 1778. The commissioners request Banker to pay Peter Cantine, Jr. or Egbert Benson 1000 pounds as part of the payment for the commission. The voucher is signed by J. Van Rensselaer, Isaac Fonda, John M. Beeckman, and Matthew Visscher, Commissioners. The receipt of the funds is acknowledged on the back of the page.
Papers: 1784, 1 map. A 1784 survey map of Sadaqueda Patent, Oneida (then Montgomery) County, New York with names of the proprietors, including Jeremiah Van Rensselaer.
Papers: 1785, 1 page. A letter from Jeremiah Van Rennselaer to Gerard Bancker written on December 17, 1785. The letter is signed by Van Rensselaer and Henry Oathout. The letter regards the payment of some bonds.
Papers: 1786, 2 pages. A letter from Walter Livingston to Jeremiah Van Rensselaer and Henry Oothoudt written on April 12, 1786. In the letter, Livingston settles his account with them and thanks them for their efforts on his behalf.
Papers: 1787, 2 pages. A letter from Christopher Yates to Henry Oothoudt and Jeremiah Van Rensselaer written on December 1, 1787. In the letter, Yates thanks them for the newspaper they sent, asks for the same in the future, and asks if they will send him some black notebooks if any are to be found in Albany. The second half deals with a Franklin stove he has received, asks how it should be set up, as it smokes as badly as his chimney did, and he has never seen one set up. He mentions that one of these men owned the stove previously, and that he would appreciate any account of how the stove acted while in his possession.
Papers: 1790, 2 pages. Bounty rights deposited with Jeremiah Van Rensselaer's location on the river St. Lawrence of the 7 March 1789. Names listed include Nathaniel Henry, John N. Bleecker, and P.W. Yates.
Papers: 1798, 1 page. A letter from Elkanah Watson to Jeremiah Van Rensselaer written on June 4, 1798. In the letter, Watson writes concerning some financial dealings in which they are trying to outwit Mayor Peter Yates.
Papers: 1799, 2 pages. A letter from Alexander Macomb to Stephen Van Rensselaer written on June 14, 1799. In the letter, Macomb writes regarding the payment of a note due to Mrs. Macomb. Van Rensselaer sent Jeremiah Van Rensselaer to Macomb with partial payment. He informed Macomb that he was sending a sloop loaded with wheat out to be sold. The proceeds of this sale would go toward retiring the debt. Macomb acknowledges this information in this letter.
Papers: In the Willis T. Hanson Colonial Manuscript Collection, 1709-1833, 4 boxes. Persons represented include Jeremiah Van Rensselaer.

Yale University Library

New Haven, CT
Papers: At least 2 letters (1789) in the Webb family papers.
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